September 19 declared National Day of Mourning for Queen Elizabeth II – President

President Dr Irfaan Ali has declared Monday, September 19, as a National Day of Mourning in sympathy and solidarity with the Royal Family and the people of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth nations, over the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth II

The Head of State made the declaration on Tuesday.
On Monday, the long-serving British Monarch will be laid to rest.
According to the proclamation signed by the President, all authorities, boards, commissions, corporations, public agencies, Ministries and citizens are asked to fly the National Flag at half-mast.
Queen Elizabeth II, who died at the age of 96 last Thursday, reigned for 70 years.
The Queen’s passing marks the end of an era, Guyana’s President Dr Irfaan Ali said last Thursday when the Buckingham Palace announced her death.
“I join all Guyanese in expressing our profound and deepest sorrow at the death of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. Her passing marks the end of an era in the history of the British Monarchy, the United Kingdom, and the Commonwealth of Nations,” the Guyanese Head of State had said.

President Dr Irfaan Ali signing the Book of Condolences at the British High Commission in Guyana

President Ali noted too that visits to Guyana by Queen Elizabeth II are recalled “with great fondness”. The Queen’s last tour to Guyana was in 1994 as Head of the Commonwealth.
Prior to that, she had visited in 1966, four months prior to Guyana gaining independence after over 100 years of colonial rule as British Guiana.