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July 20, 2023 declared as a day of National Mourning in St. Kitts and Nevis


by Eulana Weekes

St. Kitts and Nevis Thursday, July 20, 2023, has been declared a National Day of Mourning by the Government of St.Kitts and Nevis to pay final respects to the former Governor General of St. Kitts and Nevis, Sir Samuel Weymouth Tapley Seaton.


A State Funeral with full military honours will be held on July 20 at the Zion Moravian Church on Victoria Road in Basseterre. Prior to the service, the body of Sir Tapley Seaton will lie in State at Government House from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. for public viewing. A Book of Condolence will be placed at Government House during that time to write tributes.


However, the Book of Condolence will be opened at Government Headquarters a day prior, Wednesday, July 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Governor General Her Excellency Dame Marcella Liburd also proclaimed July 20 as a national half-holiday for the public and private sector in St.Kitts and Nevis, giving individuals an opportunity to honour the life and contributions of the former Governor General.

Flags on Government buildings will also be flown at half-staff.

Sir Tapley Seaton was born on July 28, 1950 and passed away on June 29, 2023. He served as the first Attorney General of St.Kitts and Nevis since Independence in 1983 and also the country’s fourth Governor-General from 2015- 2023.


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