Heathrow Airport flights were cancelled so they did not disturb the Queen’s coffin procession this afternoon.
The west London airport said in a statement that ‘out of respect’ for the mourning period it was making ‘appropriate alterations to our operation’.
These included flights being disrupted between 1.50pm and 3.40pm today to ‘ensure silence over central London as the ceremonial procession moves from Buckingham Palace to Westminster Hall’.
British Airways cancelled 16 short-haul flights due to the airspace restriction.
More flights are expected to be axed during the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
Heathrow said: ‘Passengers will be notified by their airlines directly of any changes to flights.
‘We anticipate further changes to the Heathrow operation on Monday September 19, when Her Majesty’s funeral is due to take place, and will communicate those in more detail over coming days.
‘We apologise for the disruption these changes cause, as we work to limit the impact on the upcoming events.’
The Civil Aviation Authority has also imposed a restriction on airspace over central London which bans aircraft – including drones – flying below 2,500ft between September 9-19.
As well as grinding to a halt for this afternoon’s ceremony, Britons will see a number of businesses and public services close for the funeral on Monday.
Bin collections, driving tests, hospital appointments, cinemas and major supermarkets are among the businesses and services which will be halted.
Meanwhile, Costa Coffee is one of the latest chains to announce its closure, following confirmation from supermarket giants Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose, Aldi, Morrisons, Iceland, Lidl, Poundland, and M&S that they will shut.
All driving tests in England, Scotland and Wales have been cancelled on the day of the Queen’s state funeral, the DVSA has confirmed.
Candidates who are booked in for practical tests on September 19 will have them postponed and be given the next available date.
The Royal Borough of Greenwich were one of the local councils who confirmed bin collections next week will be delayed following the funeral of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.
There will also be no North East Derbyshire District Council bin collections on Monday. Collections would resume on Tuesday, Councillor Ross Shipman confirmed.
Thousands of patients have had hospital appointments cancelled because of the national bank holiday, according to openDemocracy.
Major cinema chains including Cineworld, Odeon and Showcase will shut their sites on September 19 in a mark of respect.
English Heritage, which cares for historic monuments and buildings including Stonehenge, Dover Castle, Eltham Palace and the Roman forts on Hadrian’s Wall, said all of its sites would be closed.