The Government of Jamaica announced that the country will be mourning the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for a total of 12 days commencing September 8-19, 2022. The official day of mourning will be observed on September 18.
In a press release today by Prime Minister Andrew Holness, he made an emotional tribute to the Queen describing her 70-year reign as being “transformative and inspiring.” It also noted the invaluable contributions that the British Monarch provided to Jamaica.
“The world has lost a global matriarch, who was a steadying and constant force throughout many crises and periods of difficulty. Over the course of her 70-year reign, Queen Elizabeth II made an immense contribution to the world in public life and was a close friend of Jamaica,” Holness’ press release said.
In honouring her death, it is said that during the period of mourning, recommendations are that no celebration of any kind should occur. Also, only authorised activities that are related will be approved for this particular day.
Additionally, the Jamaican flag will be flown at half-staff on all public buildings. On Saturday, September 10 which will mark the declaration of the new Monarch, all flags should be fully raised between the hours of 8:00 am and 1:00 pm. The Jamaica Defence Force will deliver a 21-Gun Salute at 11:00 am.
Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday afternoon at the age of 96 years. She was the longest reigning Monarch. Her eldest son Charles, 73, formerly the Prince of Wales is now the King of England. His wife, Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, is the Queen Consort.
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