Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II dies at 96, India declares One day State Mourning on Sunday
A day of state mourning will be observed in India on September 11 “as a mark of respect” for the death of Queen Elizabeth, the Ministry of Home Affairs announced today. She died yesterday at the age of 96.
“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland passed away on 8th September 2022. As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, the Government of India has decided that there will be one day of State Mourning on September 11th throughout India,” the press release read.
Additionally, the National Flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country in all buildings where the flag is flown regularly. “There will be no official entertainment on the day,” the ministry said.
Notably, Queen Elizabeth II was Britain’s longest-reigning monarch and a symbol of constancy in a turbulent era that saw the decline of the British empire and disarray in her own family, while the members of the royal family had rushed to her side in the family’s summer residence in Balmoral after her health took a turn for the worse, according to AP report.
Meanwhile, Britain’s royal family will observe a period of mourning that ends on the seventh day after the funeral of Queen Elizabeth, with flags at royal residences remaining at half-mast, according to a Reuters report.
The palace did not say when the funeral would be held, but it is likely to take place around 11 days after the queen’s death on Thursday, Buckingham Palace said flags at royal residences would remain at half-mast until the morning after the mourning period and that royal residence would remain closed, although floral tributes could be left outside, as per the report.