State funeral on Tuesday 26 September at 11.30 in the Chamber of Deputies at Palazzo Montecitorio
The funeral home of the President Emeritus of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, opens today. The coffin will be brought to the Senate at 9am. At 10 am the president of the Palazzo Madama Assembly, Ignazio La Russa, will receive the head of state, Sergio Mattarella. And then, the funeral home will be opened. The other authorities are expected to arrive from 10.20am, starting with the President of the Chamber, Lorenzo Fontana.
The state funeral will be held on Tuesday 26 September at 11.30 in the Chamber of Deputies at Palazzo Montecitorio. They will be broadcast live on Rai 1 and on large screens specially set up in Parliament Square.
The state funeral was organized by the undersecretary to the Prime Minister, Alfredo Mantovano, who also proclaimed national mourning with flags at half-mast on all public buildings. “Following the death of the President Emeritus of the Republic, senator by right and for life – we read in a note from Palazzo Chigi -, from 22 September 2023 until the day of the celebration of the state funeral, the exhibition of the national and European flags on public buildings throughout the national territory and on the offices of Italian diplomatic and consular representations abroad. The day of the state funeral celebrations declared national mourning”.
Brothers of Italy suspends initiatives
Fratelli d’Italia suspends the initiatives scheduled for today. “In conjunction with the opening of the chapel of rest of the President Emeritus of the Republic, Giorgio Napolitano, in the Senate of the Republic, Brothers of Italy has chosen tomorrow to suspend the political initiatives” linked to the event spread across the national territory entitled “‘L ‘Winning Italy, a year of results. How the Meloni Government is restarting the nation”, announces the deputy Giovanni Donzelli, national manager of the Fratelli d’Italia organisation, speaking to journalists in Florence.
“We will postpone all the planned initiatives for a week, including the speech of the Prime Minister, Giorgia Meloni tomorrow in Rome”, adds Donzelli, expressing “greatest condolences for the passing of the Emeritus President of the Republic”.