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Should Queen Elizabeth's Funeral Be Declared A Public Holiday?


Many people in South Africa have pleaded with President Cyril Ramaphosa to declare Monday a public holiday, as many parts of the world have done, to signify Queen Elizabeth's funeral. The longest-reigning monarchy passed away on the 8th of September at Balmoral Castle in Scotland the late Queen will have a state funeral on Monday at the Palace of Westminster, London. In some parts of the world, businesses will close to observe the funeral set to take place at 11 am BST (British Standard Time) President Ramaphosa will be attending the funeral alongside numerous world leaders. The presidency in a statement released said, "Ramaphosa will be embarking on a working visit to the United States and the United Kingdom to respectively build connections with South Africa's third largest trade partner". "On Saturday 17 September, President Ramaphosa will travel directly from the United States to the United Kingdom to attend events associated with the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second". "After he arrives in London on Sunday 18 September, the president will attend the king's reception - a reception hosted by His Majesty King Charles the third in honor of heads of state and government guests who are invited to attend the state funeral service held at Buckingham Palace". " On 19 September Monday, the president will be among the world leaders attending the state funeral service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth at Westminster Abbey in London." After the send-off, the UK Foreign Secretary James Cleverly will be hosting a reception for heads of state and other government and other guests in the precincts of Westminster Abbey. Many people on Social Media, many said Ramaphosa was attending the proceedings in London, he should make the day a public holiday, it will appear as if it is devasted. Here are some of the tweets


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