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Flags lowered around the world after passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Pago Pago, AMERICAN SAMOA — To honour the legacy and life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Governor Lemanu Peleti Mauga ordered  the flying of flags at half staff in the territory.

This was confirmed in a general memorandum issued on Thursday.

Pursuant to the Proclamation by U.S President Joe Biden, Gov. Lemanu Peleti Mauga issued a Sept. 08 a directive ordering the flags of the United States and American Samoa to “be flown at half-staff immediately until sunset on the day of interment” in honor of Queen Elizabeth II.

According to the governor, the date of interment has not been disclosed at this time and a memorandum will be sent out when the flags should be returned to full staff.

“Queen Elizabeth II’s love for her country is evident in the seven decades of her history-making reign, where she served and led her people with the utmost dignity and valor,” the governor said.

He also cited a quote from President Biden’s proclamation that, “Queen Elizabeth II led always with grace, an unwavering commitment to duty, and the incomparable power of her example”.

“As we reflect on the legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, let us take a moment to be grateful for all the great leaders who have helped shape our democracy,” the governor points out.

Biden said in his proclamation that “Queen Elizabeth II was more than a monarch.  She defined an era.”

“She was a stateswoman of unmatched dignity and constancy who deepened the bedrock Alliance between the United Kingdom and the United States.  She helped make our relationship special,” Biden said.

“The seven decades of her history-making reign bore witness to an age of unprecedented human advancement and the forward march of human dignity,” Biden said o Queen Elizabeth. (More details on White House website

The Associated Press reports that Biden was the 13th and final U.S. president to meet Queen Elizabeth II whose reign spanned seven decades.

The AP and other international news outlets reports that Queen Elizabeth II passed away on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland.

The queen’s coffin will be brought to London, where she will lie in state before a funeral at Westminster Abbey, expected around Sept. 19.

Her son, Prince Charles, who became the monarch immediately upon his mother’s death, is now King Charles III.  And he was formally proclaimed king at a a ceremony today, Saturday, Sept. 10.