(Ottawa) A ceremony to officially proclaim King Charles III’s accession to the throne will be held at Rideau Hall on Saturday morning. to be the head of the Canadian state.
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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is scheduled to meet members of his cabinet before heading to Rideau Hall to join Governor-General Mary Simon at the proclamation ceremony.
The date of Canada’s national memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II is still unknown: officials in Ottawa are eagerly awaiting confirmation in London of the date of her state funeral in the UK.
However, the Department of Canadian Heritage advises that this national ceremony will include a service televised from the Anglican Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa. A memorial parade, a 96-gun salute and a military parade are also planned to honor the longest-serving Canadian head of state in the history of the federation – 70 of 155 years.
Government officials in Ottawa say the national memorial service for Queen Elizabeth II is set to take place on the same day as the Queen’s state funeral at Westminster Abbey in London – the date of which has yet to be announced.
Despite this uncertainty about the date, Reverend Beth Bretzlaff, Dean of Ottawa and Rector of Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, assures that preparations are already underway.
Heritage Canada states that the religious ceremony will be attended by “representatives of governments, dignitaries and representatives of organizations with which Her Majesty has close ties, such as charities and military regiments”.
The national commemoration ceremony will begin with a memorial parade in Ottawa featuring members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Heritage Canada says. A salute of one cannon shot per year of life is fired during the parade.
Late Friday, after returning from a three-day Cabinet retreat in Vancouver, Trudeau arrived at Rideau Hall to sign the Queen’s book of condolence.
“Right now, all Canadians are united in grief. Canada came of age as a sovereign under the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and generations of us have benefited profoundly from her steadfast and gracious leadership and service,” the Prime Minister wrote.
The condolence book is also available online at Heritage Canada’s website.