UK residents stunned to find the Queen's funeral is being shown on Sky Sports News

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By stefan armitage

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Today marks the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

A national bank holiday in the United Kingdom, thousands have gathered in London to watch the historic proceedings.

And with work for many canceled and many businesses closing their doors for the day as a mark of respect, millions more are watching the day's events unfold from home.

However, if people were hoping to watch something else on television today, they'd struggle.

In fact, many Sky customers have taken to Twitter to voice their surprise that Her Majesty's funeral is being shown on the Sky movie channels and even on Sky Sports News. The choice - which has undoubtedly been made as a sign of respect for the nation's longest-reigning monarch - has left people rather divided.

One unimpressed customer wrote: "The Queens funeral on Sky Sports News and all the Movie channels too, what about choice? Utterly ridiculous blanket coverage #NorthKorea [sic]".

A second added: "I appreciate the scale of events going on with the Queen’s funeral and various news channels showing coverage… However, Sky Sports News is a SPORTS channel.. if I wanted to watch the funeral, I would watch Sky News. Why are we like this."

A third tweeted: "I'm sorry but there is absolutely no need for about 70% of the TV channels to show coverage of the Queen's funeral, even Sky Sports News ffs."

"Nahh woke up and turned Sky Sports News on and they’re showing The Queens funeral. What sport is this ya muppets, day ruined," added another.

Seeing the funny site, one person did joke: "Sky sports news should’ve shown the funeral but still have the league tables scrolling through and the sports news bar ticking over at the bottom."

In a notice to its customers, the official Sky Sports News Twitter account revealed: "Sky Sports News will be showing Sky News coverage of the Queen's funeral until 5pm.

"The Sky Sports App will provide sports updates throughout the day."

Given the historic events unfolding today, I'm sure any updates on the Premier League can wait for a few hours.

The Queen's state funeral service commenced at 11:00AM on Monday morning, after Her Majesty's coffin was transported by 142 sailors from the British Royal Navy to Westminster Abbey.

After the service comes to an end, the Queen's coffin is expected to make a 1.5-mile journey to Wellington Arch, being transferred to a hearse before moving to Windsor Castle late this afternoon.

Featured image credit: Sky/Twitter

UK residents stunned to find the Queen's funeral is being shown on Sky Sports News

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By stefan armitage

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Today marks the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

A national bank holiday in the United Kingdom, thousands have gathered in London to watch the historic proceedings.

And with work for many canceled and many businesses closing their doors for the day as a mark of respect, millions more are watching the day's events unfold from home.

However, if people were hoping to watch something else on television today, they'd struggle.

In fact, many Sky customers have taken to Twitter to voice their surprise that Her Majesty's funeral is being shown on the Sky movie channels and even on Sky Sports News. The choice - which has undoubtedly been made as a sign of respect for the nation's longest-reigning monarch - has left people rather divided.

One unimpressed customer wrote: "The Queens funeral on Sky Sports News and all the Movie channels too, what about choice? Utterly ridiculous blanket coverage #NorthKorea [sic]".

A second added: "I appreciate the scale of events going on with the Queen’s funeral and various news channels showing coverage… However, Sky Sports News is a SPORTS channel.. if I wanted to watch the funeral, I would watch Sky News. Why are we like this."

A third tweeted: "I'm sorry but there is absolutely no need for about 70% of the TV channels to show coverage of the Queen's funeral, even Sky Sports News ffs."

"Nahh woke up and turned Sky Sports News on and they’re showing The Queens funeral. What sport is this ya muppets, day ruined," added another.

Seeing the funny site, one person did joke: "Sky sports news should’ve shown the funeral but still have the league tables scrolling through and the sports news bar ticking over at the bottom."

In a notice to its customers, the official Sky Sports News Twitter account revealed: "Sky Sports News will be showing Sky News coverage of the Queen's funeral until 5pm.

"The Sky Sports App will provide sports updates throughout the day."

Given the historic events unfolding today, I'm sure any updates on the Premier League can wait for a few hours.

The Queen's state funeral service commenced at 11:00AM on Monday morning, after Her Majesty's coffin was transported by 142 sailors from the British Royal Navy to Westminster Abbey.

After the service comes to an end, the Queen's coffin is expected to make a 1.5-mile journey to Wellington Arch, being transferred to a hearse before moving to Windsor Castle late this afternoon.

Featured image credit: Sky/Twitter