GEORGETOWN, Sept 16 – The Penang state flag will be flown at half-mast on Monday (Sept 19) to honor the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.

State deputy secretary Dato’ Mohd Zakuan said Penang State Governor His Excellency Tun Dato’ Seri Utama Ahmad Fuzi Bin Haji Abdul Razak has agreed for the Penang State Flag to be flown at half-mast to mark the Queen’s 70 years on the throne and is the longest reigning monarch in the United Kingdom.

“In accordance with the order, Penang Chief Minister Chow Kon Yeow and the state council responded the decision and have directed all departments and agencies in Penang to fly the Penang state flag at half-mast,” he said in a statement today.

Queen Elizabeth II died at the age of 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on Sept 8, after 70 years on the throne.

According to media reports, Queen Elizabeth II’s body is now in London and has been placed in Buckingham Palace until the state funeral ceremony at Westminster Abbey on Monday (Sept 19). Her body will be buried next to her husband Prince Philip.

She was the second longest reigning monarch in European history after King Louis XIV of France.