Thursday 08 September 2022
Following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty, the Bailiwick of Guernsey will observe a period of National Mourning which will last until the end of the day of the State Funeral, affording Island residents the opportunity to pay tribute and express their sadness.
From 8am tomorrow, floral tributes can be laid at the Sunken Garden, where a portrait of Her Majesty will be placed.
Books of Condolence will also be opened at various locations around the Island in due course.
There will be a Special States Meeting tomorrow to pay tribute to Her Majesty.
National Mourning is a time for reflection. Mourning is very personal and individuals, families, communities and organisations will want to mark Her Majesty's death in their own way. There is no set way for the public to mark the passing of Her Majesty, but guidance will be provided for individuals or organisations who may wish to observe public mourning during this period. This guidance will cover matters such as the flying of flags, the ringing of church bells, and other events such as sports fixtures.
During the period of National Mourning there will be a special day across the British Isles as it will be Proclamation Day. National Mourning will be temporarily suspended for this event which will see a Special States Meeting for the official Proclamation of His Majesty, followed by a formal procession to the White Rock for a public Proclamation. Islanders are invited to attend and take part in this public ceremony, which will also serve as a focal point for expressing the Island's ongoing allegiance to the Crown. The date and time of this event will be released in due course.
Further guidance and the full list of events related to the period of National Mourning will be made available at gov.gg/monarch and we would encourage all Islanders to use this resource as guidance throughout this time as more information is added.