London: After the death of Queen Elizabeth II, national mourning will be observed across the Britain from today.
The mourning will last for 10 days. Reports say that national mourning will continue until the Queen’s funeral is over. A huge crowd have gathered outside Buckingham Palace.
The plan for the Queen’s funeral was first codenamed ‘Operation London Bridge’. Since the Queen died in Scotland, it has been associated with ‘Operation Unicorn’. Unicorns are the national animal of Scotland. The date of the funeral is yet to be announced.
At least 54 Commonwealth countries including India will observe state mourning after the Queen’s death. Half of the national flag of these countries will be flown. In honor of the Queen, US President Joe Biden has ordered the flag to be flown at half-mast at the White House, government buildings and military installations.
The Royal Family in a statement that following the death of Her Majesty The Queen, all official flags, including the Union Flag, should be half-masted from as soon as possible today until 08.00 the day following The Queen’s State Funeral. Flags may be flown overnight during this period but should remain at half-mast.
Official flags in this instance are defined as national flags of the home nations, Crown Dependencies and Overseas Territories, Ensigns and Ships’ colours.