Region reacts to passing

Region reacts to passing

The death of Queen Elizabeth was immediately marked in Millicent on Friday morning by the lowering of flags to half-mast at a number of public places across the township.

Floral tributes were laid at the foot of the Millicent Cross of Sacrifice.

Prayers for the repose of the soul of the late monarch were offered on Sunday morning by parish priest Father Lyndon Sulzberger at the weekly service at St Michael and All Angels Anglican Church in Millicent.

The Prayer of Accession was said and framed photographs of the Queen were displayed.

The bell was tolled 96 times to mark every year of her life and the service concluded with the singing of “God Save The King” for the first time since the death of King George in 1952.

As with the death of Princess Diana in 1997, Wattle Range Council is expected to arrange for condolence books.

The council is holding its September monthly meeting in Millicent this afternoon and it is expected to open with a minute’s silence in honour of the Queen.

A spokesperson for the Millicent RSL said its sub-branch members mourned the death of Queen Elizabeth II and pledged allegiance to the new monarch, King Charles III.

“The national flags of Australia and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland will fly at half-mast at the Millicent Cross of Sacrifice up to and including the day of our late Queen’s funeral on Monday in accordance with tradition,” the spokesperson said.

“The passing of the longest serving monarch marks the end of an era, one that was led by a most remarkable woman.

“Long shall she remain in our memories.”

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