India mourns demise of Queen Elizabeth II: National flags fly at half-mast

11 September, 2022 | Pravina Srivastava

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India will commemorate a day of national mourning on Sunday in honour of Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on September 8; all official buildings, including Red Fort and Rashtrapati Bha...

India will commemorate a day of national mourning on Sunday in honour of Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on September 8; all official buildings, including Red Fort and Rashtrapati Bhavan, will fly their flags at half-staff.

In Scotland, Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland passed away.

According to a statement from the Ministry of Home Affairs, “Government of India has decided that there would be one day of State Mourning on September 11th throughout India as a show of respect to deceased dignitary.”

There will be no official entertainment on the day of mourning, and the national flag will be displayed at half-mast on all buildings in India where it is normally flown.

Indians also paid their respects to Queen Elizabeth II, who overtook Queen Victoria, who had ruled from 1837 to 1901, to become the UK’s longest-serving queen in 2015.

“We came to pay you a visit. I really enjoy Queen, but it’s too bad we won’t be able to see her any longer. We admire the Royal Family and are thinking of them at this trying time. We rejoice and send the new King Charles III our warmest wishes ” Keralan woman who travelled to Delhi stated.

A local stated “We want to show the Queen our respect because of everything that she has done for India. Since India and the UK have had a long-standing solid relationship, we should honour the Queen.”

Another local added saying “We should all be saddened by Queen Elizabeth’s passing because she helped create our Constitution. We concur with the government’s choice to observe the Queen’s state of mourning.”

A second person, who was standing close to the Parliament, applauded the Modi administration for marking the day of national sorrow.

He further stated “She was the leader of the Commonwealth nations, thus this is a fantastic choice made by the Modi government. She was viewed by everyone as the matriarch.”

After 96-year-old king passed away, condolences flooded in from all across the world.

She was recalled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a “stalwart of our times,” who said she “personified integrity and decency in public life” and “gave inspiring leadership to her nation and people.”

She passed away at Balmoral Castle, where members of the royal family had hurried to her aid as her health started to deteriorate, according to a statement from Buckingham Palace.