Sri lanka News – Sri Lanka President Ranil Wickremesinghe has directed the Ministry of Public Administrations & Home Affairs to declare September 19 a day of mourning in view of the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
A statement from the president’s office said on Friday September 09 that the national flag will be hoisted at half-mast.
In a condolence message tweeted earlier in the day, President Wickremesinghe said the queen was a symbol of stability and endurance and will be greatly missed.
In a statement released prior to the tweet, the president’s office said that, as a mark of respect on the passing of the queen, who was the Head of the Commonwealth and Queen of Ceylon 1952-72, the Ministry of Public Administration has been instructed that the national flag be flown at half-mast in all public buildings on Friday.
Sri Lanka’s parliament also observed a two-minute silence before it began proceedings on Friday. (
Opposition leader Sajith Premadasa also tweeted his condolences Friday afternoon.
On Behalf of the People of 🇱🇰 & the Main Opposition Alliance in Parliament, I offer my deepest condolences to the Royal Family & people of the UK who are mourning the passing of the definitive Monarch in modern history.
A Symbol of Stability; the Personification of Duty pic.twitter.com/6KE57o7dZu
— Sajith Premadasa (@sajithpremadasa) September 9, 2022
Former Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, too, took to Twitter to express his sympathies, calling the departed queen a “beacon of stability.”
70 years of leadership amidst the greatest global crises of the time. The World will remember the inspiration HRH #QueenElizabeth was. The one beacon of stability that shone through some of our darkest ages. The world will miss her steadfastness, charm and wit. #RIPQueenElizabeth pic.twitter.com/DW8GTVRo6m
— Mahinda Rajapaksa (@PresRajapaksa) September 9, 2022