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Kenya announces 3 days national mourning in honor of Queen Elizabeth II

Uhuru Kenyatta and Queen Elizabeth II

Three days have been set aside for national mourning as a result of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s passing, according to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The outgoing president highlighted that the time of mourning will begin on the evening of Friday, September 9, 2022, and end at dusk on Monday, September 12, in a statement on Friday.

Additionally, all state organizations led by Kenya, both domestically and internationally, have been ordered by President Kenyatta to fly all Kenyan flags on their property at half-mast for the duration of the three-day period.

“The Flag of the Republic of Kenya shall be flown at half-mast at State House and all Kenyan Diplomatic Missions, Public Buildings and Public Grounds, all Military Bases, Posts and Stations, on all Naval Vessels of the Republic of Kenya, and however elsewhere throughout the Republic of Kenya; from dawn on today until sunset on Monday, 12th September 2022,” said President Kenyatta.

“Our national flag shall be flown at half-mast for the same length of time at all High Commissions, Embassies, Consulates, Diplomatic Offices and other facilities of the Republic of Kenya abroad.”

President Kenyatta expressed his sympathies to the Queen’s family and the British people before praising the late matriarch as a brave leader who will be remembered as one of the most devoted members of the Royal Family.

“Our deepest sympathy and condolences go out to His Majesty King Charles III and the rest of the Royal Family. Rarely has one person so epitomized the very best of humanity and leadership through selfless public service as the Late Queen Elizabeth II did in her 70 years at the helm of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth, and in her life of 96 years,” said President Kenyatta.

“In all that, as governments rose and fell, new nations were born, and the geopolitical sands shifted back and forth; Queen Elizabeth II remained our one constant and an unshakeable rock of dedication to duty, grace, sacrifice, public service, and the commitment to God, Country, and Family. May God rest her soul in peace.”

The longest-reigning monarch of the United Kingdom, Queen Elizabeth II, passed away at Balmoral, Scotland, on September 8, 2022, at the age of 96.

One of the 36 Commonwealth nations for which the Queen has functioned as a symbolic leader is Kenya.

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