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BVI observes period of national mourning for Prince Philip

The BVI and UK flags mounted at the RT O’Neal Administration Complex in Road Town are being flown half mast as the BVI observes a period of mourning. (BVI News photo)

The British Virgin Islands is currently observing a period of national mourning in honour His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh.

Prince Philip, who was Queen Elizabeth II’s husband, died at Windsor Castle last Friday at 99 years old.

A day after his passing, the Royal Virgin Islands Police Force staged a private 21-gun salute at Queen Elizabeth II Park on Tortola.

A number of officials including the Governor, the Deputy Governor, the Premier and Deputy Premier, the Leader of Opposition, and other members of the House of Assembly attended the event.

Since the Prince’s passing, the BVI has been flying its flags at half mast outside of its buildings. This will last till after the Duke of Edinburgh’s funeral on Saturday, April 17.

“A condolence book will be opened on Monday at the Old Government House Museum. This will be open to the public from 11 am on Monday until 3 pm, and then 10 am until 3 pm each working day until the day before the funeral,” a media release from the Office of the Governor stated.

“COVID-19 protocols must be observed. Please bring your own pen, wear a mask. Visitors should park on the road outside the Governor’s Office and walk through the main gate to the museum. You can also pay tribute via the official website for the Royal Family, where an online condolence book will soon be available; please visit www.royal.uk,” the release further said.

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