People living in Greater Manchester have criticised the timing of the Queen’s address to the nation today.
Her Majesty will deliver a message to mark Commonwealth Day, which this year falls on Monday, March 8.
However football fans have hit out at the broadcast scheduled for BBC One at 5pm due to the Manchester Derby.
Manchester United will play Manchester City in the Premier League – with kick off at 4.30pm.
Both United and City fans have admitted that they won’t be tuning in to watch the Queen, as the game is ‘more important’.
Many have taken to social media to highlight the problem.
“She needs to sort her scheduler out! No one is going to be watching!” shared one.
“Does she not realise there’s another MORE IMPORTANT address going on at 4.15pm this afternoon?” asked another.
“Who’s gonna see that on Derby Day …..poor planning,” posted a third.
Others joked about Her Majesty saving her pre-recorded message for during another game, while others apologised for being busy at 5pm today.
“Derby Day don’t think so Liz” shared one dedicated footy fan, while another said they’ll catch up with Queen Elizabeth II at Christmas.
“Sorry love derby day today, 4.30pm kickoff. See you at Xmas Liz x”.
The BBC One hour-long special – A Celebration For Commonwealth Day – will see the Prince of Wales, the Duchess of Cornwall and the Countess of Wessex also make an appearance alongside the Queen, to speak about why Commonwealth links are important.
Commonwealth Day is an annual celebration observed by people all over the Commonwealth in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Americas, the Pacific and Europe.
Usually, there is a service at Westminister Abbey to mark the occasion, however this won’t be going ahead due to the pandemic.
Viewers will be able to catch up on the programme on BBC iPlayer.
It comes just hours before Prince Harry and Meghan’s interview with Oprah Winfrey is due to air on CBS Network in the US.