AFL pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with a minute’s silence

AFL boss Gillon McLachlan has revealed how the league will pay tribute to Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away peacefully this morning.

In a statement, McLachlan paid tribute to the longest-serving British monarch in history.

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“The AFL is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,” he said.

“We extend our condolences to the Royal Family and the people of the UK at this very difficult time.”

Queen Elizabeth II with an Australian Rules football during her visit to Clontarf Aboriginal College October 27, 2011 in Perth. She attended her first VFL game in 1970. Recognition: Swimming pool/Getty Images

McLachlan recalled the famous moment the Queen was present at the 1970 VFL season opener between Richmond and Fitzroy.

“Her Majesty was a woman of the people,” McLachlan said.

“Never was this more evident than in 1970 when she attended the season-opening game between Richmond and Fitzroy at the MCG, unfurled Richmond’s 1969 Premiership flag, gleefully met players and eagerly learned about our game.

“Her courage, humility and dedication to the Commonwealth will be remembered by all long after her reign. May she rest in peace.”

The AFL will hold a minute’s silence before both games this weekend. Recognition: Dylan Burns/AFL photos/AFL photos via Getty Images

Prince Harry is ‘visibly upset’ after the Queen’s death.

Prince Harry is ‘visibly upset’ after the Queen’s death.

In honor and commemoration of Her Majesty’s life, a minute’s silence will be observed before the national anthem at both today’s and tomorrow’s semi-finals and flags will be flown at half-mast.

A minute’s silence will also be observed prior to all AFLW and VFL games this weekend.

Meanwhile, the AFL will have to think about Brownlow medal night.

September 19 is currently being debated as the date for the Queen’s funeral, which will clash with the Brownlow.

The Brownlow Medal may have to be postponed to another night. Recognition: Daniel Carson/AFL Photos/AFL photos via Getty Images

With the obvious coverage and attention to what is arguably the most significant funeral in 150 years, 7NEWS reporter Tom Browne believes the AFL may consider moving the date for Footy’s night of nights.

“With discussions surrounding the Queen’s funeral, possibly on September 19 … the AFL intends to move the Brownlow Medal that same night,” he said.

“Footy isn’t important in comparison…I’m just reporting the probable schedule clash”.

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