Prime Minister John Briceno announced this evening all national flags be flown at half-mast from today until the Committal Service for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, on September 18, 2022. PM Briceno also informed the nation that as a sign of utmost respect and in expression of deepest condolences, the nation will observe an official period of mourning during this time. In a statement, PM Briceno said (quote) Today, with a heavy heart our nation joins the rest of the Commonwealth in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of Belizeans at home and abroad, I extend heartfelt condolences to the Royal Family, members of the realm and the Commonwealth.” End of quote The 96-year-old monarch died earlier today at Balmoral in Scotland. A statement from The Royal Family reads (quote) “The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon. The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.” (end of quote) Concerns for The Queen grew after it was announced this morning that The Queen’s doctor express concerns for Her Majesty’s health and recommended that she remain under medical supervision. Unfortunately, the supervision would not last long as a few hours later The Queen’s passing was announced- though many prepared for the worse, it was still shocking. The Queen had been ailing for quite some time, suffering from mobility issues. Hipolito Novelo reports on the last few moments of The Queen and the world’s reaction.