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India has declared a day of mourning for Britain's Queen Elizabeth II, with flags on all government buildings at half-mast, the Associated Press reported.

Official entertainment events were also canceled out of respect for the deceased, India's home ministry said.

There will be a day of mourning in Australia on September 22 in memory of Queen Elizabeth II

Flags of the Indian Parliament were lowered to half-mast, the Presidential Palace, the Red Fort and other government offices in Delhi were lowered.

On Thursday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the late queen as a "remarkable figure of our time".

Two centuries of British colonial rule in the Indian subcontinent ended in 1947, AP recalls.


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