Ceremonial procession, commemorative service for Queen planned in Victoria

Ceremonial procession, commemorative service for Queen planned in Victoria
Premier John Horgan signed the book of condolence for Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 12, 2022.

A ceremonial procession and commemorative service will be held in Victoria for Queen Elizabeth II on Sept. 19.

CHEK News will be broadcasting and livestreaming the Queen’s funeral in England starting at 2 a.m. PST, and the ceremonial procession and commemorative service starting at 9:45 a.m.

The procession will take place at the B.C. Parliament Buildings, and the service will be at the Christ Church Cathedral.

The procession will start at 9:45 a.m. with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy and a 100-person Guard of Honour made up of members of Maritime Forces Pacific marching from Menzies Street, then head east on Belleville, and march to the front of the Parliament Buildings in Victoria.

At 10 a.m., the Netherlands Centennial Carillon will chime 96 times, one for every year of the Queen’s life.

At 10:10 a.m., Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin and Premier John Horgan will walk down the steps of the Parliament Building’s ceremonial entrance as the Vice-Regal Salute is played. The two will join the procession with other dignitaries following.

At 10:15, the procession will continue along a 1.37 kilometre route as shown below.

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Map courtesy the B.C. Provincial Government

A 21-gun salute will be fired from Belleville Street by the 5th (BC) Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery.

The B.C. Parliament Buildings will be closed to the public on Monday.

Public condolences books will be available to sign at the main entrance to Government House at 1401 Rockland Ave., from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. until Tuesday, Sept. 20 and in the B.C. Parliament Buildings Hall of Honour on Tuesday, Sept. 20 from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. After that, the messages will be collected.

The procession arrives at Christ Church Cathedral at 10:40 a.m., and the commemorative service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

Prior to the service, the tenor bell at the cathedral will chime once per minute for 96 minutes to commemorate each year of the Queen’s life.

The service will be led by the Very Reverend M. Ansley Tucker.

Tucker said the service will be open to the public, but there is limited seating so it will be on a first-come-first-serve basis.

“We are guessing about 300 seats. We have a number of chairs set out already in order to accommodate additional seating than we might normally have,” Tucker added.

The church doors will open at 9:30 a.m. There will be music playing in the cathedral until the service begins.

Mike Farnworth, deputy premier, and minister of public safety and solicitor general and Mitzi Dean, minister of children and family development will deliver readings at the service.

Austin and Horgan will deliver addresses.

Prayers will be delivered by Ihsaan Newman, Iman and Islamic studies teacher, Rabbi Harry Brechner, Congregation Emanu-el, Victoria, The Most Reverend Gary Gordon, Roman Catholic Archbishop of Victoria, and The Right Reverend Anna Greenwood-Lee, Bishop of the Diocese of British Columbia.

Music for the service will be provided by Christ Church Cathedral organist Mark McDonald, Christ Church Cathedral choir, under the direction of Donald Hunt, Victoria Children’s Choir, and Young Choristers of Christ Church Cathedral under the direction of conductor David Stratkauskas.

A full program for the service will be available on Monday on the B.C. Legislature website.

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