As a new era dawns in Britain, arrangements for a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth the Second are underway. After a record-breaking reign, the monarch died at her Balmoral residence in Scotland on Thursday. Her son, King Charles the Third, asked for a period of Royal Mourning to be observed from today, until seven days after the Queen’s funeral. According to Buckingham Palace, the date of the funeral will be confirmed in due course. But Prime Minister John Briceno will not be attending the funeral. The PM explains that Governor General Froyla Tzalam will be representing Belize.
John Briceño, Prime Minister of Belize: “Unfortunately, no. I may difficult because again, we’re in the middle of our 21st and 21st is not only “celebrations” per se but also a number of things happen during the diplomatic week and one of them is to be able to meet with the visiting ambassadors to be able to talk to them on the work that we’ve been doing, and where we’re going, and what are the challenges that we’ve been facing, bilaterals? I mean so we do have a lot of work both the Foreign Minister and myself are required to be here. We’ve asked the Governor General to go and represent us. We hope that will happen.”