Christchurch will hold a memorial service for the late Queen Elizabeth II on Sunday 25 September, Christchurch City Council announced today.
The Civic Service of Thanksgiving will take place in the ChristChurch Transitional Cathedral at 5pm and will be live-streamed for those unable to attend in person.
“On the eve of Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day and the State Memorial Service, we want to offer Christchurch residents the opportunity to come together to pay their respects to our late sovereign,’’ says Christchurch City Council Civic and International Relations Manager, Duncan Sandeman.
“The Queen and the Royal Family have been big supporters of Christchurch and have visited here on many occasions. In this time of great sorrow for His Majesty, King Charles, and the Royal Family, it is fitting that we give thanks for the Queen’s lifetime of service by holding our own memorial service,’’ Mr Sandeman said.
The Dean of Christchurch, the Very Reverend Lawrence Kimberley, will lead the service, which will be in the Anglican tradition but also involve mana whenua and the New Zealand Defence Force.
People can watch the live-stream of the service via the Cathedral’s webpage.