There will be no official business at the British High Commission in Uganda for 10-days following the death of Queen Elizabeth the longest-serving monarch of the United Kingdom, last evening.
The Queen, died at Balmoral Palace in Scotland aged 96 ending a reign that started in 1952, after the death of her father King George VI. Although the date of her funeral is not yet announced, King Charles III, who has taken over the throne, from his mother announced that mourning will continue for seven days after the funeral.
The British High Commissioner to Uganda Kate Airey told URN that all official business at the Embassy is suspended until after the funeral. However, a condolence book has been placed at the Embassy in Kampala for members of the Ugandan public.
The condolence book which was officially opened at the British High Commission at 11 a.m. today, will be closed at 3 pm and reopened on Monday at 10 a.m until Friday, September 16. Throughout the entire week, members of the Ugandan public will be allowed to access the High Commission through the Lincoln lane entrance to be able to sign the book.
A virtual condolence book is now open to the public at royal.uk for those wishing to pay respects to Her Majesty the Queen. At the High Commission in Uganda, all members of staff are dressed in black and flags are flying at half-mast.
The envoy remembers the Queen as a remarkable leader who was loved and respected by people of all age brackets, and across the globe. She praises the Queen for her sense of humour, the twinkle in her eye, her love for children, her dignity and her sense of service and humanity.
Kate believes that many people had a deeply touching relationship with the Queen who was a ‘constant in our world.’ Through her unwavering strength and leadership, the commonwealth family grew to 56 countries, yet whether small or large, the countries were given the same voice and audience.
Kate believes that there could be challenging times ahead but she is confident that King Charles III will address them if they happen considering that there is always a sense of continuity among the monarchs.