President Mnangagwa consoles Royal Family

By Oleen Ndori, International Desk Editor

President Emmerson Mnangagwa has joined global leaders in consoling the Royal Family after the death of Queen Elizabeth II this Thursday.

In a post on his official Twitter page, President Mnangagwa conveyed his condolences to the people of the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth as they mourn the demise of Her Majesty the Queen.

Several other leaders have also consoled the UK, including Chinese President Xi Jing Ping, Joe Biden of the United States, former US President Barack Obama and political leaders from across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, who paid tribute to the Queen’s influence on the peace process and Anglo-Irish relations.

Buckingham Palace says a period of mourning for the Royal Family will be observed from now until seven days after the Queen’s funeral.

The date of the Queen’s funeral has not yet been confirmed but it will be held at Westminster Abbey.

A remembrance service will be held this Friday at St Paul’s Cathedral and it will be attended by British Prime Minister Liz Truss and other senior ministers.

Reports indicate that the union flag will be flown at half-mast on government buildings until the morning after the funeral.

Flags will return to full mast for a 24-hour period beginning at 1pm on Saturday to mark the formal proclamation of Charles as King at St James’s Palace in London in front of a ceremonial body known as the Accession Council before returning to half-mast.

Meanwhile, Queen Elizabeth’s body will lie in state at St Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh as preparations are being made for her funeral, which is expected in around 10 days.

The coffin will then be flown to London, where hundreds of thousands of people will be allowed to file past over a period of four days’ lying in state at Westminster Hall.