Jamaica will fly flags on public buildings at half-mast to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II from Sept. 8 to Sept. 19, the official period known as the Period of Mourning.
The Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) recommended that no celebratory events take place during the Period of Mourning, as is custom.
The Jamaica Gleaner reported, “Bells will be tolled nationally at churches throughout all parish capitals today, commencing at 6:00 pm for a period of one hour.
“A Condolence Book will be established at King’s House with effect from September 12 to 19. The book will be available to dignitaries in the lobby of King’s House between the hours of 10:00 am and 4 pm as of Monday, September 12, on a predetermined schedule.
“Condolence Books will also be established in the offices of the custodes in all parishes. Members of the public will be invited to sign the books from September 13 to 19.
“On Saturday, September 10, to mark the proclamation of the new Monarch, all flags should be fully hoisted between the hours of 8:00 am and 1:00 pm. The Jamaica Defence Force will deliver a 21-Gun Salute at 11:00 am.
“The OPM said further announcements will be made regarding the holding of the National Memorial Service and other official parish services.”