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Queen Elizabeth II death: India declares one-day national mourning on Sunday

A file photo of Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Queen Elizabeth II (Image courtesy: Twitter/@NarendraModi)

India has declared a one-day national mourning on Sunday (September 11) as a mark of respect to Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland who passed away on Thursday.

The National Flag will be flown at half-mast on the day of mourning throughout India on all buildings where the National Flag is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment on the day.

President of India Droupadi Murmu, Vice President of India Jagdeep Dhankhar and Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi have expressed condolences at the demise of Queen Elizabeth II. In their messages, they noted that she was a stalwart of our times; a compassionate personality and provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people.

Queen Elizabeth II, Britain’s longest-reigning sovereign, passed away peacefully at the Balmoral Castle in Scotland. The world’s oldest monarch was 96.

“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” the Royal Family said in a tweet on Thursday night at 11 pm.

PM Modi in his condolence message said, “Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as a stalwart of our times. She provided inspiring leadership to her nation and people. She personified dignity and decency in public life. Pained by her demise. My thoughts are with her family and people of UK in this sad hour,” the Prime Minister tweeted

“I had memorable meetings with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II during my UK visits in 2015 and 2018. I will never forget her warmth and kindness. During one of the meetings she showed me the handkerchief Mahatma Gandhi gifted her on her wedding. I will always cherish that gesture,” PM Modi said.

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