The ceremony will be held on Saturday, April 17 at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa and will be broadcast live.
OTTAWA, ON, April 12, 2021 /CNW/ - The Government of Canada will hold a national commemorative ceremony in honour of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on April 9, 2021. The ceremony will be held at 12:30 p.m. on April 17, 2021, at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa. The ceremony, to be held without a congregation, will be broadcast live by CBC and Radio-Canada and include virtual tributes and performances.
To honour the memory of His Royal Highness, a National Day of Mourning will be proclaimed on the day of the ceremony. In addition, the Government of Canada has proceeded with a half-masting of the National Flag of Canada. Flags are being flown at half-mast on all Government of Canada buildings and establishments in Canada and abroad, including the Peace Tower, until sunset on the day of the national commemorative ceremony. Furthermore, a gun salute in Canada will be conducted in honour of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh on the day of the national commemorative ceremony.
His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, the consort of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, had a strong relationship with our country. His Royal Highness held 11 honorary military positions with Canadian units and regiments, and was a patron or president of more than 40 organizations in Canada.
Over six decades, The Duke of Edinburgh accompanied Her Majesty on 20 of her 22 Royal Tours in Canada and participated in numerous officials tours and private working visits on his own. His Royal Highness is likely best remembered by Canadians for creating the Duke of Edinburgh's International Award. Launched in 1963 in Canada, it is estimated that over 500,000 young Canadians have since participated, making a difference in their own lives, in their communities, and around the world.
In recognition of his outstanding service and contributions to Canada, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh was presented with the insignia of Companion of the Order of Canada and Commander of the Order of Military Merit during a ceremony held in Toronto in 2013—the last time His Royal Highness visited our country before retiring from public life in 2017.
No guests will be invited to attend the church service. Canadians are asked to watch the broadcast and not congregate outside Christ Church Cathedral.
In accordance with public health advice, members of the public are asked not to gather to pay their respects. In lieu of flowers, Canadians may wish to make a donation to a charity of their choice or use this occasion to volunteer.
A commemorative portrait and card in memory of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh are available for downloading.
Christ Church Cathedral is the Anglican Cathedral in the nation's capital. The state funeral services of several Canadian prime ministers and governors general, as well as the commemorative service of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother in 2002, were held at this cathedral. Christ Church Cathedral has also had a long association with the Royal Family.
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