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UK flags flown at half-mast to mark the death of Nelson Mandela

UK marks former South African President’s passing.

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It is with great regret that we learn of the death of the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela.

It is requested that all flags be half-masted from 8am today until 8pm this evening.

Any other UK national flags flown alongside the Union Flag when it is at half-mast should also be at half-mast. If a flag of a foreign nation is normally flown on the same stand as the Union Flag, it should be removed.

Local authorities are not bound by this request but may wish to follow it for guidance. Devolved administrations are responsible for issuing instructions for the flying of the Union Flag on buildings in their estate and others as necessary.

Further instructions will be issued when known.

Read the Prime Minister’s response to the death of former South African President Nelson Mandela.

Published 6 December 2013