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Half-masting of flags following the death of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia

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Half-masting instructions

It is with great regret that we learn of the death of the King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, King of Saudi Arabia.

DCMS spokesperson said:

In line with long-standing arrangements, the Union Flag is flown at half-mast on Government Buildings following the death of a foreign monarch.

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.