The Governor's wreath.

The Governor's wreath.

9 Sep, 2022

How Government House mourns the passing of the Queen, and how the public can get involved.

Government House will be under “court” mourning from the 9th of September to the 19th of September. During this time all events, functions, visits and calls will be cancelled, and the House and Gardens will be open only for official mourning duties.

We ask you to please see below for information on the activities that take place during this time, as well as how the general public can be involved.

Condolence Book

Government House will be compiling a book of condolences from the West Australian public. The book will remain in the Government House Ballroom until the end of the official mourning period when it will be bound and placed in State Archives and a selection of messages forwarded to the Royal Family

Members of the public are welcome to add their name, share a story or leave a note in the book.

Access to Government House and the book will be via the Ballroom gate between Perth Council House and Government House during the hours of 8 am to 6 pm until the end of day 22nd September 2022.

Electronic condolences are also available via the Governor-General’s website.

Flowers and Tributes

As the representative of the Queen in Western Australia, Government House will accept flowers and tributes to the late Queen. These will be displayed in the Lady Kyle Garden between the House and St Georges Tce.

Members of the public are invited to add to the Governor and Premier’s tribute during the hours of 8 am to 6 pm until the end of day 22nd September 2022.

Entry is via the Ballroom gate between Perth Council House and Government House

Flags

The national and state flags that fly above Government House will be flown at half-mast until the end of the mourning period.

They will briefly be raised to full mast on the date of the proclamation of the new King before being returned to half-mast the next day.

The Governor’s standard remains at full mast whilst there is a reigning monarch – as His Majesty King Charles III has succeeded to the throne, the Governor’s standard is flown at full mast.

Staff

Visitors to the House will note that staff are predominately dressed in black and wearing badges. This is part of the official “court” mourning protocol.

Government House Gardens

During the official “court” mourning period, Government House Gardens will only be open to those laying tributes or entering their name into the Condolence Book. Lunchtimes in the Garden will return 27th September.

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