The body of the late Sir Derek Walcott lay in state today at the House of Parliament today from 11:00AM to 1:00PM. Family, friends, colleagues, and international figures filed past his flag draped casket.
Later the cortege made its way to the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception led by the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force band for the state funeral which was ordered at his passing. Although state funerals are normally held for heads of state and government, it can also be approved for “exceptionally distinguished persons.” Such approval was bestowed for Sir Derek Walcott because of his exceptional and outstanding contribution to literature in Saint Lucia and the world. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.
After the almost three hour funeral service at the Cathedral Basilica, only two blocks from the House of Parliament, the cortege then made it’s way to Morne Fortune where the interment would take place at the Inniskilling Monument. The body of Saint Lucia’s other Nobel Laureate, Sir Arthur Lews (Economics) is also buried at that site.