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Why Kelowna isn't lowering Canadian flag to half-mast until Saturday

FILE - In this file photo dated Wednesday, July 12, 2017, Britain's Prince Philip sits in a carriage in London.
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April 13, 2021 - 6:00 AM

Flags around the Central Okanagan started flying at half-mast this weekend to mark the passing of Prince Philip.

The City of Kelowna, however, intends to keep it up until Saturday, the day of the funeral. 

“The flags will be lowered on the day of the funeral, which is an option available in the flag protocol,” a City of Kelowna staff member explained.

Also, they put up a social media message and the mayor said a few words at the start of the meeting.

"He was associated with nearly 1,000 charities around the world in the arts, sports, environment, sciences, and social services," Mayor Colin Basran said. "The (city's) flags will be lowered from dawn to dusk on Saturday."

Flags have been lowered at Okanagan College campuses and other post-secondary institutions in B.C., according to the college.

B.C. government buildings and Government of Canada buildings have also lowered their flags in recognition of Prince Philip's death, as have many local municipal offices, as well as the Westbank First Nation.

Upon the death of the Sovereign's spouse, the Heir to the Throne or the Heir of the Heir to the Throne, the Flag is flown at half-mast on all federal buildings and establishments in Canada and abroad, including the Peace Tower, from the time of notification of death until sunset on the day of funeral, according to the Government of Canada. Provincial offices will also have flags at half-mast until the end of his funeral.

Prince Philip, the husband to Queen Elizabeth II, died April 9. He was 99. 

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