The UK's biggest pub chain has shared that it will be keeping all of its venues open on the day of the Queen's funeral.

Stonegate operates around 4,500 pubs and bars, including the Slug & Lettuce brand, and says it will allow them to remain open so people can celebrate the life of the Queen there.

This is in contrast to many businesses who say they will be shutting that day as a mark of respect to the late monarch.

The group's owner said those running its leased and tenanted pubs will decide individually whether to stay open on the bank holiday.

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A spokeswoman for Stonegate Group said: “The passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is a momentous and sombre occasion.

“We send our deepest condolences to the royal family at this sad time.

“Our managed pubs, bars and venues remain open and, where possible, will show the funeral on Monday September 19 to honour her life and service.

“Across our leased and tenanted estate, our pub partners will make an independent decision applicable to their business and community.

There is no requirement for hospitality operators or retailers to shut their doors on the day of the funeral.

The Government guidance is: “Some businesses may wish to consider closing or postponing events, especially on the day of the state funeral, however, this is at the discretion of individual businesses.”