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Rwanda declares period of national mourning in honour of Queen Elizabeth II

By IGIHE
On 9 September 2022 at 01:45

President Paul Kagame has declared a period of national mourning during which the National Flag and the Flag of East African Community will be flown at half-mast on Rwandan territory in solidarity with the United Kingdom (UK) for the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

The national mourning has been announced in a statement released by the Office of Prime Minister signed by Premier, Dr. Edouard Ngirente.

"Upon the passing of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the President of the Republic, His Excellency Paul Kagame has instructed that the National Flag and the Flag of the East African Community, on Rwandan territory, be flown at half-mast from today, 9 September 2022, until the conclusion of the State Funeral Service for Her Majesty," reads the statement.

Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday 8th September 2022. Earlier in the day, Buckingham Palace had said the monarch was under medical supervision due to doctors’ concerns over her health.

She is Britain’s longest-reigning monarch in history.

Born on April 21, 1926, Elizabeth II was proclaimed Queen after the death of her father, King George VI, on Feb 6, 1952. She was formally crowned the monarch of the United Kingdom on June 2, 1953.

She was considered "a beacon of hope" for the nation as she used her annual Christmas speeches, televised since 1957, to rally the nation in times of hardship.

In total, the Queen greeted 15 prime ministers during her long reign, including Winston Churchill, her first, and Truss, her last.

Her husband, Prince Philip, died at the age of 99 in April 2021.

President Paul Kagame has ordered that Rwandan and EAC flags in Rwanda be flown half-mast following the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II died aged 96.

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