Cabinet declares September 19 a holiday in observance of Queen’s funeral; Pringle says business sector already struggling

The Cabinet has taken the decision that next Monday, September 19, will be declared a National Holiday to observe the funeral service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Since the Queen was this country’s Head of State, the Cabinet reportedly believes that her death requires homage in the form of a National Holiday.

Last weekend, in response to inquiries about a public holiday, Prime Minister Gaston Browne said he would consult with his regional counterparts. If other countries were declaring a holiday, then Antigua and Barbuda would contemplate similar action, he said.  

REAL News is aware of at least one other Caribbean country where the holiday has already been declared by the government.

During an interview on State media earlier this week, Opposition Leader Jamale Pringle said he was not in favour of a holiday since the local business sector is already struggling.

He said he believes there are other ways to honour the legacy and memory of the Queen.

Meanwhile, a public release claims the Cabinet has directed that Prime Minister Gaston Browne attend the Queen’s funeral service.

Governor-General Sir Rodney Williams and his wife, Lady Williams, left the country on Tuesday, September 13, for the United Kingdom, where they are expected to join other dignitaries at the State Funeral to be held at Westminster Abbey.

Since it will take place at 6 a.m. our time, the Cabinet notes that all residents will have the opportunity to attend the funeral virtually.