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Queen’s Funeral: Monday Sept 19, 2022, a special holiday in VI

Virgin Islands Governor, H.E. John J. Rankin, CMG, has designated Monday, September 19, 2022, a special holiday in the territory, which is the day designated for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in the UK. Photo: Internet Source
In the UK, King Charles III has approved Monday, September 19, 2022, as a bank holiday across the country in observance of the State Funeral of Her Late Majesty the Queen. Photo: Internet Source
In the UK, King Charles III has approved Monday, September 19, 2022, as a bank holiday across the country in observance of the State Funeral of Her Late Majesty the Queen. Photo: Internet Source
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI– Virgin Islands Governor, H.E. John J. Rankin, CMG, has designated Monday, September 19, 2022, a special holiday in the territory, which is the day designated for the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in the United Kingdom (UK).

The proclamation has been approved by Cabinet and gazetted by the Governor on September 13, 2022, under section 5 of The public holidays act (cap. 199) declaring the date as a special holiday.

The statutory instrument states,  “it is provided by section 5 of the Public Holidays Act (Cap. 199) that it shall be lawful for the Governor with the advice of the Cabinet to issue a proclamation appointing a special day to be reserved as a public holiday throughout the Virgin Islands; AND WHEREAS the Cabinet has advised that Monday the 19th day of September, 2022 be reserved as a public holiday throughout the Virgin Islands. ”

Persons told to conduct themselves accordingly 

It noted that all His Majesty’s Officers in reference to the King Charles III, and all other loving subjects are therefore required to take note and govern themselves accordingly.

In the UK, King Charles III had approved Monday, September 19, 2022, as a bank holiday across the country in observance of the State Funeral of Her Late Majesty the Queen. 

Overseas Territories were also invited to observe the holiday in honor of the Queen.

10 Responses to “Queen’s Funeral: Monday Sept 19, 2022, a special holiday in VI”

  • The watchdog (13/09/2022, 19:03) Like (8) Dislike (10) Reply
    There goes my payroll
  • hmmm (13/09/2022, 20:30) Like (4) Dislike (9) Reply
    We on scrubisland got hell now
  • cc (13/09/2022, 21:39) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply

    great!

  • Tafari Zharr (14/09/2022, 00:13) Like (7) Dislike (5) Reply
    Official Declarations- such as Proclamations are Non-Binding Notices by governing officials dispatched within such frameworks, as in this case, to The people of the BVI, with necessary protocols, particularly because the VI people are regarded as part of the UK’s commonwealth family of which the British Monarch is the symbolic head.

    With “Operation London Bridge” underway and the Monarchy pulling rank, pomp and circumstances is indisputably determined. So yes, this is how, when, where, what, and why it’s going to go down the way it has to go down.

    So goes The Rusty Wheels of Tradition. Cry, scream, holler If you want to - it’s not about you! Ceremoniously, Rules will “migrate to accommodate” you dig! Pomp and Circumstances must prevail.


    A question presented is whether It’s harder to ignore or easier to observe, the over pouring acknowledgment of condolences or conjecture from those who love her and others who criticize her. Nothing else matters now?
    What won’t be denied is the reach of Her Majesty’s affluence; across the pond, across the ocean - and from at least one alliance country in the USA whereby America unusually lowered its flag at half-staff displaying a kindred honoring, until sunset on the day of the queen’s interment, September 19,2022. This is longer than normal one-off display of abiding loyalty “fit for a Queen” within the merits of presidential honor bestowed upon only limited deserving honorees.

    So, BVI, snuggle up to the throne too- what do you have to lose? Join the rest of the World for your seat at the table, at the Palace, at the cathedral , or simple participate harmoniously from your island as you don your dark and muted colors for a grief-filled ceremonious mourn. In the words of Tupac “I ain’t mad at ya”.


    Regardless of how you feel , whether you weep for her or not, the departed Queen Elizabeth II now and forever more sleeps. It’s a turning point in herstory. Therefore, perhaps it’s a turning point in ours- reparations for the island?

    At a time when some VI people feel defeated and others are experiencing forms of pain, problems, and perceptions of “financial anarchy” due to ongoing social, political, and economic unrest (amidst other factors such as persevering pandemic, declining purchasing powers, and plunging stock market mayhem) the BVI is not an anomaly - it’s just the World is going through changes and maybe we are all in this together- Unless a change does not come. But change keeps coming! And Coming- Won’t Stop, Can’t Stop!


    Some might counter argue that Pomp is just another show of over indulgence that smells of aristocracy instead of reverence by VI people living under uncertainties. Yet others may rebuttal that as much protocols may command, it’s discordant to “demand”someone to “cry” at a funeral: but one is expected to try- or take it till you make it!

    Personally, I perceive Grief as, always, personal; but this other perspective that suggests monarchical indulgences or specialty dress code narrates a sentiment that May be somewhat as old as the Monarchy that represents the unbalanced dictating to a people instead of with a people Perhaps’s one day soon we may regard everyone’s’ merely existence or demise as more even if they’ve born with just mighty less. Brings to mind a term which others may or may not describe somewhat as “bread-crumbing the people”. yet, I am on the fence because it is what it is. Reparations for an island - still distant and the people remain disillusioned!

    What’s so right or so good about beckoning or exacting the embraces of “servants” to a memorial except public embarrassment by a sovereign who rarely honored her less affluent subjects? Perhaps, the Queen would never know what dishonor feels like - for instance, what it feels like to watch any pompous driver cut through the funeral procession on the only highway upon which the hearse leads the other drivers to the graveside of a loved one appalled that the living gets no respect and the deceased even less - so much for pomp and circumstances,eh!


    Perhaps the Queen would never know that people did struggle to live and pained to love in a “bird sanctuary” as they continually lost their dignity on an island that had been “written off”. It grieves me to think how Her legacy for the children on our island will be advanced after her passing; what will become of our children, now that the Great Grandmother, Grandmother, and Mother of The Commonwealth is gone? Soon our children will weep for Her, but Who at the Monarchy will weep for our children?


    Moving right along, grievers how about something Less like contrary, “Dress without Duress” and if you chose not to wear dark or muted colors perhaps consider opting for a grief day without self Impunity.


    Anyway, here’s an excerpt from The Queens Covid Speech: “Today, once again, many will feel a painful sense of separation from their loved ones.
    "But now, as then, we know, deep down, that it is the right thing to do.
    "While we have faced challenges before, this one is different.
    "This time we join with all nations across the globe in a common endeavour, using the great advances of science and our instinctive compassion to heal.
    "We will succeed - and that success will belong to every one of us.
    "We should take comfort that while we may have more still to endure, better days will return: we will be with our friends again; we will be with our families again; we will meet again.
    "But for now, I send my thanks and warmest good wishes to you all." Read entire speech at

    https://www.lbc.co.uk/news/queens-speech-on-coronavirus-full-text-of-address/

    To end, Heres a fleeting hopeful upbeat promise through another voice; none other than - Sam Cooke- infamous song: “A Change Is Gonna Come .. It’s been a long..ong……a long time coming …But I know…Oow ….a change goin come…oh yes …it will”.

    It will Come!



    (c) 2022. Tafari Zharr. All rights reserved.
  • Black slaavee (14/09/2022, 00:30) Like (3) Dislike (8) Reply
    That’s the only thing I care about
  • Guest (14/09/2022, 06:37) Like (30) Dislike (4) Reply
    All the persons who been running around these island talking about colonizer and not my Queen need to show their conviction and go in and work on that day. Because if you stay home on that they you are nothing but a loud mouth hypocrite who does not stand by your words. That day is an acknowledgement and celebration of the Queen. So those who been fighting others on their Facebook pages we hope to see you all in at work we will open them just for you……..
    • Really? (14/09/2022, 08:30) Like (3) Dislike (3) Reply
      What's your problem?
      The truth hurts? Were they not colonizers?
      Face the truth opp!
    • @guest (14/09/2022, 08:39) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
      So you going open the people businesses so we can go in to work on that day?
    • A holiday (14/09/2022, 08:51) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
      ....is a holiday. Those who don't believe in Christmas still gets Christmas off. Let not get into that.

  • confused (14/09/2022, 08:50) Like (2) Dislike (3) Reply
    are we celebrating her being dead or mourning something?


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