(central nervous system) Updated with National Mourning Protocol: The Cayman Islands, along with the UK and other British overseas territories, entered a 10-day period of national mourning following the death of Queen Elizabeth II yesterday. Flags are flown at half-staff until 8am the day after the royal funeral. The flag will briefly be raised for the proclamation of the new sovereign tomorrow when King Charles III officially ascends to the throne. A date for the funeral, which will be a public holiday in Cayman, has not yet been set.
Prime Minister Wayne Panton said in a message to the country: As our Head of State, our loyalty to the British monarchy was the strongest and most heartfelt during her reign. You definitely lost one of your gems. “
The Queen visited the Cayman Islands twice during her reign, in 1983 and 1994. Many Caymanians who had the chance to meet her Queen during that time have fond memories.
A condolence book was held at the Government Administration Building in Grand Cayman and the District Administration Building in Cayman Brac. Flowers can be offered at the stairs of the General Affairs Office or at the main gate of the Governor’s Residence.
A 96-shot salute is scheduled for 10am this morning at the Governor’s Palace, one shot every 10 seconds, with a fixed number of shots fired based on her age.