State flags at govt buildings at half-mast on Monday as mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth: PM Lee

SINGAPORE – State flags at all government buildings in Singapore were flown at half-mast on Monday as a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II, said Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

PM Lee said in a Facebook post on Monday: “Today the world bids farewell to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, at her state funeral in London. Her Majesty was a symbol of hope, stability, and continuity.”

He added that the Queen was a true trailblazer of her time, and will always be remembered for her deep sense of duty, devotion and contributions to the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth, and to the world.

He said: “I send my deepest condolences to His Majesty King Charles III and the royal family, Prime Minister Liz Truss, and the British people.

“Rest in peace, Your Majesty.”

The people of Britain, as well as leaders and royals from around the world, will bid a final farewell to the Queen at a state funeral at 6pm on Monday.

The Queen died at age 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Sept 8. She was the oldest-living and longest-reigning British monarch.

Her coffin was guarded by members of Britain’s military elite in Westminster Hall.

Hundreds of thousands of people from all walks of life queued for hours – some even overnight – since last Wednesday for a glimpse of the late Queen lying-in-state. 

Those joining the line since it opened were not put off by warnings that they might have to wait up to 30 hours.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) said last Friday that President Halimah Yacob will attend the Queen’s state funeral. She will be accompanied by her husband Mohamed Abdullah Alhabshee, as well as officials from the Istana and MFA.

Leaders and royals from around the world have made the trip to London to pay their respects to the Queen and attended a reception at Buckingham Palace – hosted by the new monarch, King Charles – on Sunday, the day before her funeral.

United States President Joe Biden and several European leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, were among those who attended.