Half-Staff Notice: Death of Queen Elizabeth II
President Joseph Biden has ordered the US Flag to be flown at half-staff as a mark of respect for Queen Elizabeth II, monarch of the United Kingdom. She was immediately succeeded by her son Charles, who is now styled King Charles III.
President Biden noted the steadfast commitment to democracy and human rights in the post-WW2 order, as she guided the United Kingdom from an empire to a nation amongst equals in a commonwealth.
The British Broadcasting Company has a substantial obituary on the death of the monarch of the United Kingdom and head of state of fifteen other nations. Queen Elizabeth II had the longest reign in the history of the United Kingdom, and was the longest-serving female head-of-state of any nation in history.
The flag is to remain at half-staff until sunset on the day of her interment. That date is not announced, but plans released to the British press by the Royal Household a few years ago indicated that period would be about ten days.
Queen Elizabeth II was the only British monarch to speak before a joint session of the US Congress.
The flag has been lowered for foreign dignitaries before. In recent history the flag was lowered a remark of respect at the deaths of Pope John Paul II and Nelson Mandela.