Programme for State Funeral for Sir James Mitchell,  former Prime Minister
Press Release
December 17, 2021

Programme for State Funeral for Sir James Mitchell, former Prime Minister

December 17, 2021 – 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m – The body of the late Sir James Mitchell will lie in State at the House of Assembly. Viewing for the family will take place from 10:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. Viewing for the Governor General and the Prime Minister will be from 10:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Viewing for Officials and Dignitaries shall be from 10:45 am to 11:00 a.m. Viewing for the general public shall be from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

December 17, 2021 – 11:00 a.m – One minute of silence will be observed nationwide
December 17, 2021 – 3:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m –  Ceremonial stop at the New Democratic Party (NDP) headquarters.This stop is to be attended by the executive members of the NDP only and will not open to the general public. The casket will be closed whilst at the NDP Headquarters.

December 18, 2021 – 9:00 am – 12 noon – Funeral service at the Kingstown Methodist Church, according to Anglican rites.
December 18, 2021 – 1:00 p.m. – The body will be taken to Bequia via a private charter on the Bequia Express. NO public transportation will be provided to Bequia. Upon arrival in Bequia there will be an official procession with a ceremonial stop at the Almond Tree for the playing of two songs.

December 18, 2021 – 2:30 p.m – 4:45 pm – Funeral service at the St. Mary’s Anglican Church, Bequia
December 18, 2021 – 5:00 p.m – Interment will be at the family cemetery at Mt Pleasant, Bequia
Please note that the casket will only be opened during the period of official viewing at the House of Assembly on Friday 17th December, 2021. The family has requested that NO photographs or videos are to be taken of the body during the official viewing period.

The entire funeral service will be carried live on NBC Radio; SVG TV; VC3 – Channel 114, VC3 YouTube and Facebook pages; IKTV – Channel 112; API SVG Facebook page; ITFX SVG Facebook page; and the Royal St Vincent and the Grenadines Police Force Facebook page. In light of the COVID19 pandemic and mass gathering protocols, persons are strongly encouraged to view the proceedings from the comfort of their homes.