Cayman to fly flag at half-mast for Saudi king

Government buildings throughout the Cayman Islands will fly the Union Jack at half-mast throughout Tuesday to mark the death of King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia.

According to a statement released by the Cayman Islands government on Friday, the decision follows instructions from Queen Elizabeth II that the flag should be flown at half-mast on government buildings within the United Kingdom, and most overseas missions, for a full day following the passing of King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

King Abdullah died Friday at age 90. He ascended to the throne in 2005 but had been de-facto ruler of Saudi Arabia for a decade before that. He is succeeded by his half-brother, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.

World leaders and dignitaries began arriving this weekend in Saudi Arabia to offer their condolences. Among those expected to attend are Prince Charles, President Barack Obama, Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, Japan’s Crown Prince Naruhito, Spain’s King Felipe VI, Jordan’s King Abdullah, Denmark’s Crown Prince Frederik, and Dutch King Willem-Alexander. Prime Minister David Cameron arrived in the Saudi kingdom on Saturday to pay his respects.

According to a report from the Associated Press, the king was buried Friday afternoon in an unmarked grave after a prayer service in Riyadh. The Muslim-only funeral was attended by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan and the rulers of Qatar, Kuwait and Bahrain.

In line with the Wahhabi interpretation of Islamic tradition observed in the kingdom, he was buried in an unadorned, beige cloth without a coffin in an unmarked grave. There was no memorial service.


  1. Hm, when a year ago Putin signed the law where homosexuals were forbidden from spreading information about homosexual practices among minors – that created an outcry worldwide, calls to boycott Olympics. This is before Ukraine by the way.

    When king dies of a country where homosexuality is punished by anything from several month of prison to capital punishment – UK and Cayman fly flag half-mast.

    Doesn’t it look like using homosexuality as a cause for propaganda by mass media? Let’s see if anybody raises this question during World Cup in Qatar with similar laws.

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