Tuesday, July 23, 2024

Australia announces national day of mourning for Queen

Australia will hold a National Day of Mourning to observe the passing of Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II.

Prime Minister, Anthony Albanese has written to State Premiers and Territory Chief Ministers asking that they declare Thursday 22 September a National Public Holiday to commemorate Her Majesty’s remarkable life and dedication to service. 

“Queen Elizabeth II is the only reigning monarch most Australians have known and her faithful service will be remembered for centuries to come,” Mr Albanese said.

“Her Majesty was the only reigning monarch to ever to visit Australia and it was clear from her first trip that she had a special place in our hearts.”

A National Memorial Service will be held at 11am in the Great Hall of Australian Parliament House in Canberra and will begin with one minute’s silence. It will be broadcast live across the nation.  

“Over the coming weeks, Australia will continue to commemorate our late Queen,” the Australian Prime Minister said.

“I encourage all Australians, wherever you may be, to take time to pause and reflect on Her Majesty’s extraordinary life of service.”

The Prime Minister, Governor-General David Hurley AC DSC (Retd), Premiers and Chief Ministers and other attendees from across Australia will be invited to come together to pay their respects.

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