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India to observe state mourning on Sunday in memory of Queen Elizabeth II

India to observe state mourning on Sunday in memory of Queen Elizabeth II

New Delhi: India has announced a day of state mourning on September 11 "as a mark of respect" for the death of Queen Elizabeth. Moreover, the National Flag will be flown at half-mast throughout the country in all buildings where the Tricolour is flown regularly. Besides, there will be no official entertainment on the day.

"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," a press release read.

President Droupadi Murmu, Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar, and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have expressed condolences at the demise of Queen Elizabeth-II.

"In their messages, they noted that she was a stalwart of our times; a compassionate personality and provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people," a statement from the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Elizabeth 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. Members of the royal family had rushed to her side at the family's summer residence in Balmoral after her health took a turn for the worse.

Buckingham Palace said the new King Charles and other members of the royal family would observe an extended mourning period from now until seven days after her funeral.

The date of the funeral, which will be attended by heads of state and government, is yet to be announced but is expected to be on Monday, September 19.

One of the planet's most recognizable people, the queen was the only British monarch most people alive today had ever known. The tributes were universal, including from Russia and China.

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