Flags to fly at half mast until morning after Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral

In honor of the Duke of Edinburgh, flags will fly at half mast on UK government buildings from now until the morning after his funeral.

Following Philip’s death on Friday, the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) issued guidelines on how to use official flags.

All of these flags, which include Union flags and national flags, are to be “half-masted on all government buildings in the UK as soon as possible by 8:00 a.m. on the day after the funeral,” the department said.

It is recommended that unofficial flags, such as the rainbow flag or the flag of the Armed Forces, be removed and replaced with a Union flag that flies at half mast.

The department said decentralized administrations would issue instructions “to hoist the Union flag and other official flags on buildings within their property and others as needed”.

The Welsh Government has announced that flags will be hoisted at half mast on all government buildings and an online condolence book will be opened for those who wish to show their respect.

A spokeswoman for the Northern Ireland office said DCMS guidelines “have been given to local partners.”

Scottish Parliament chairman Ken Macintosh expressed condolences on Twitter as he ordered flags outside Holyrood to fly at half mast.

On the other side of the world, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the flags would be lowered “in honor of His Royal Highness” who has visited the Commonwealth country more than 20 times.

The Union flag at Buckingham Palace was at half-mast on Friday while a framed plaque announcing Philip’s death was placed on the entrance gates by royal household workers.

The note stayed outside the gates for about an hour before it was picked up and some people were laying flowers.

Members of the public were told to wear a mask and stand behind a barrier to see the plaque, while some police officers on horseback prevented small crowds from gathering.

People are asked not to gather or lay flowers outside royal residences as coronavirus rules continue to apply.

A cabinet spokesman said: “While this is an extremely difficult time for many, we ask the public not to gather in royal residences and continue to follow public health advice, particularly to avoid large group meetings and travel minimize.

“We support the royal household by asking that no flower tributes be placed in royal residences at this time.”

The statement on the plaque in front of Buckingham Palace read: “It is with deep sadness that Her Majesty the Queen announced the death of her beloved husband, HRH Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

“HRH passed away peacefully this morning at Windsor Castle.

“Further announcements will be made in due course.

“The royal family, along with people around the world, mourn his loss.”


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