South Australian observances for the death of Her Majesty The Queen

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II sadly passed away on 8 September 2022. Having reigned for more than 70 years, Her Majesty The Queen has dutifully served South Australia and the Commonwealth.

To acknowledge her passing, the South Australian Government is observing the following:

As a sign of mourning, the Australian National Flag and all other flags are often flown at half-mast. The National Australian Flag and those flown alongside it should be lowered to half-mast until the funeral. Flags should return to full-mast at 8am on Tuesday 20 September.

In acknowledgement of the passing of Her Majesty The Queen, Government House has hung a hatchment for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the gates of Government House. In keeping with tradition, this hatchment will remain upon the gates for the duration of the mourning period.

The hatchment has been designed by the Australian Heraldry Society and is a combination of the arms assigned to South Australia by Her Majesty The Queen in 1984 and the sovereign’s ‘helm and mantling’.

Should members of the public wish to leave tributes in honour of Her Majesty The Queen, a tribute site has been established within the grounds of Government House.

The tribute site is accessible to the public between 7am and 9pm daily from 9–22 September.

A number of state government buildings have been illuminated at night, and Her Majesty The Queen's portrait projected on Government House until 22 September.

Condolence books were available at Government House, Adelaide Town Hall, City of Playford Civic Centre and offices of local Members of Parliament (MPs), for members of the public wishing to leave a message for The Royal Family.

The messages left in the condolence books will be collated and sent to The Royal Family from the people of South Australia.

Virtual condolence books

Members of the public can sign and leave a message in the virtual condolence book on the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

A State Proclamation Ceremony acknowledging the accession of His Majesty The King was held on the steps of Parliament House at 2pm on Sunday 11 September.

Members of the public were invited and, to make the event as accessible as possible, all public transport was free.

The event was live-streamed for those unable to attend and can be viewed on our ceremony event page.

A State Service was held at 6pm on Tuesday 20 September at St Peter’s Cathedral.

Members of the public were invited to attend, with seating available inside and outside the cathedral.

The event was live-streamed for those unable to attend and can be viewed on our state service event page.

The Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet is coordinating the national observances. For further details on the national observances visit the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet website.

For further details or to view the ceremony visit www.royal.uk.