Cabinet of Ministers today declared that Monday 19th September will be observed as a one-off public holiday “A one-off public holiday will be a day of mourning, commemoration, and condolence as we pay tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and her reign over Niue, as well as a day of renewal and acknowledging the new King Charles III”.
Meanwhile, Premier Dalton Tagelagi who is currently in Australia will represent Niue at the State Funeral Service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London. He will leave Australia on Saturday to join world leaders at the funeral of Her Majesty.
In a statement today Premier Hon Tagelagi, said, “It is a privilege to attend Her Majesty’s funeral to pay respects on behalf of the people of Niue as she is laid to rest. I am also honoured to attend in the company of distinguished leaders and guests; a testament to her faithfulness and lifetime of service to her people.”
Cabinet today also announced two days of commemoration “Niue will mark the passing of HM Queen Elizabeth II, who passed away on Thursday, 8 September, with a series of events starting on Sunday, 18 September to Monday, 19 September”.
Also on Monday is the National Memorial Service to be held at the Taoga Niue starting at 8am. The memorial service will also mark the end of the funeral and burial of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth. All are invited to attend the national memorial service.
If people are not able to attend the national memorial, the government is asking everyone in Niue to take part in a national moment of reflection at 8.15am on Monday in a show of respect for Niue’s former Head of State.
Flags that were flown at half mast since the announcement of The Queen’s passing on the 8th of September will be returned to full mast on Monday next week also to mark the accession of King Charles III as Niue’s new Head of State.
People are also asked to plant a tree on Monday next week in remembrance of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who last week died at 96 years old after a seventy-year reign as Queen of Great Britain and the Head of the Commonwealth of Nations.