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Time of mourning in Jamaica to mark the demise of Queen Elizabeth II


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The Jamaican Government has announced that, with immediate effect, all flags on public buildings should be flown at half-mast to mark the commencement of a period of mourning from September 8 to September 19, 2022, following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

In an advisory issued by the Office of the Prime Minister Thursday afternoon, the Government said a day of mourning will be observed on September 18, 2022.

“During the period of mourning, it is the customary recommendation that no celebratory activities should take place. On the day of mourning, the public should note that only authorized activities related to the day are approved and that all social events should be postponed,” the advisory said.

Additionally, the following observances have been authorized:

Tolling of the Bells

Bells will be tolled nationally at churches throughout all parish capitals on Thursday, September 8, 2022, commencing at 6pm for one hour.

Condolence Book

A Condolence Book will be established at King’s House with effect from September 12 to September 19, 2022. The book will be available to dignitaries in the lobby of King’s House between the hours of 10am to 4pm as of Monday, September 12, 2022, on a predetermined schedule.

Condolence Books will also be established in the offices of the custodes in all parishes. The public will be invited to sign the books from September 13 to September 19, 2022.

Observance – Day of Proclamation and Ascension of the New Monarch

On Saturday, September 10, 2022, to mark the proclamation of the new Monarch, all flags should be fully hoisted between the hours of 8am and 1pm. The Jamaica Defence Force will deliver a 21-Gun Salute at 11am.

Memorial Services

Further announcements will be made regarding the holding of the National Memorial Service and other official parish services, the Government said.

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