News Release: HAMILTON, Bermuda – A Government spokesperson has confirmed that in keeping with the protocol on the passing of the Sovereign, the UK and the Overseas Territories have entered a period of National Mourning.

Earlier today at Government House, there was a 21-rifle salute to mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

On Sunday, September 11 at 9am at the Flagpole on Front Street there will be a Proclamation Ceremony to mark the accession of His Majesty King Charles III. This ceremony will be presided over by Her Excellency the Governor, Rena Lalgie and all are welcomed to attend. Members of the public are asked to arrive by 8.30 a.m. in preparation for the arrival of marching units onto Front Street.

For the information of the public, the Union Flag and all British Ensigns in Bermuda are to be lowered to half-mast until am on the day after Her Majesty the Queen’s State Funeral with the following exceptions:

  • The Union Flag and all British Ensigns in Bermuda are to be raised to full mast at 8am on Saturday, September 10, 2022, the day of the Proclamation Ceremony for His Majesty King Charles III at St James’s Palace. They are to remain at full mast until the conclusion of the Proclamation Ceremony for HM King Charles III in Bermuda on Sunday.  

With several sporting events taking place over the weekend, sporting bodies are invited to observe a moment of silence prior to their games and may determine if the wearing of black armbands or ribbons is appropriate.

The public is reminded that the Official Book of Condolence is available for signing at Government House from 10am – 4pm, Monday through Friday, until the day of the funeral. Further observations regarding Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral, will be released in due course.

Highlights of The Queen’s visits to Bermuda can be viewed on CITV, the Government’s television station at 8pm tonight through Sunday evening. The public is encouraged to tune into CITV on One Comm ch 2 and WOW ch 102 to view the programmes.

Meanwhile, the City of Hamilton is advising all motorists of road and carpark closures in the City this weekend due to the Proclamation Ceremony to mark the accession of His Majesty King Charles III, scheduled to take place at the Flagpole on Front Street at 9am on Sunday September 11.

No 1 carpark will be closed from 6pm on Saturday September 10 and will reopen following the conclusion of the event which is anticipated to be approximately 11am on Sunday September 11.

There will be road barriers and signage in place as sections of Front Street will be closed to traffic for the ceremony, namely from Queen Street to Court Street, inclusive of Burnaby Street. These road barriers will be lifted immediately following the event.