Call it royally bizarre counterprogramming: Paramount’s Channel 5 is the only real main British TV service bypassing the in any other case wall-to-wall protection of the Queen’s funeral proceedings.

The different programming? The Emoji Movie, Stuart Little and Ice Age 3.

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With BBC One, BBC Two, ITV and Channel 4 are sticking with both protection of Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral procession or associated documentary choices, Channel 5 earned some widespread social media mocking for going with cartoon programming as a substitute of real-life historical past within the making.

One fashionable meme has variations of the royal grandkids Louis, Archie and Lilibet staying house to take pleasure in cartoons reasonably than don formalwear and comply with the procession of family members like King Charles III, Camilla, Queen Consort and different members of the Royal household.

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Another tweeted quote making the rounds: “Can’t consider we’re lastly right here, it’s going to be such a tricky watch. Good luck everybody getting by ‘The Emoji Movie’ on Channel 5 this morning.”

Still, different observers on social media appear a bit extra understanding. With faculties closed as we speak for the Queen’s funeral, Channel 5 is seen by some as doing a public service preserving the youngest viewers occupied with emojis and cartoon mice whereas others of their households partake within the extra somber goings-on.

And others took an much more lighthearted method:

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