Commerce pays tribute to HM Queen Elizabeth II

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The pet trade paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and made arrangements for employees and customers to honor her life and legacy on the day of her state funeral, Monday September 19.

Messages of condolence have been posted on numerous retailers’ websites and social media feeds, including Pets at Home, Pets & Friends and Jollyes.

All Jollyes stores will be closed on Monday “as a mark of respect to allow teams to honor the life of Queen Elizabeth II,” according to a company statement. As it is also now designated as a public holiday, all employees will receive an additional day to their holiday entitlement, the company added.

Many events that were to take place during the funeral and mourning period have been rearranged.

The Pet Industry Federation (PIF) will announce the finalists for the PFI Awards once the national mourning is over.

Chief Executive Nigel Baker explained: “Everyone here at PIF has been extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen so it only made sense to delay the announcement of the finalists for a week out of respect. for the period of national mourning that we are all in. currently observing.

The 2022 PIF Awards take place on Thursday November 17 at Whittlebury Hall in Northamptonshire.

The second annual Guinea Pig Awareness Week (GPAW), which will now run from Monday September 26 to Friday September 30, a week later than originally scheduled, is also postponed.

Charlotte Varley, Communications Manager for Burgess Pet Care, which organizes GPAW, said: “Given this time of national sadness following the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, as a mark of respect we have felt it appropriate to postpone the launch of GPAW until September 26. .”

Prince Andrew and his ex-wife Sarah, Duchess of York, will look after the late Queen’s corgis Muick and Sandy after her death, it has been announced.

Muick, pronounced ‘Mick’ and named after Loch Muick on the Balmoral estate, was a gift from the Duke of York during the lockdown period, while Sandy is a corgi pup donated by Andrew’s daughters , Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie, for Her Majesty’s official 95th birthday.

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