The Government of Canada is marking the passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh with an 8-day period of mourning and a national commemorative ceremony. During this period, the flags on all Government of Canada buildings and establishments in Canada and abroad, including the Peace Tower, will be flown at half-mast. The national half-masting will be effective until sunset on the day of the funeral.
National commemorative ceremony
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.
Information about the ceremony
April 17, 2021, at 12:30 (ET)
Christ Church Cathedral
The ceremony will be broadcast live and include virtual tributes and performances.
Watch the live ceremony — April 17, at 12:30 pm (ET)
The ceremony will be followed by a recital by the Dominion Carillonneur to pay a final tribute to His Royal Highness, live from the Peace Tower, in Ottawa. 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.
No guests will be invited to attend the church service.
In accordance with public health advice, Canadians are asked to watch the broadcast and not congregate outside Christ Church to pay their respects.
National Day of Mourning
To honour the memory of His Royal Highness, a National Day of Mourning will be proclaimed on the day of the ceremony. Expressions of mourning are personal and may take many forms.
In accordance with public health advice, members of the public are asked not to gather in crowds and public sites 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.
Canadians are invited to sign the online book of condolences.
Peace Tower Carillon
On the morning of April 9, 2021, the Great Bell in the Peace Tower in Ottawa tolled 99 times – each ring representing a year in the life of His Royal Highness.
Video — Flag at half-mast on the Peace Tower in Ottawa
Funeral at St George’s Chapel
A funeral will be held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, United Kingdom, on the day of the national commemorative ceremony in Ottawa.
Visit royal.uk for funeral updates and more information about the Duke of Edinburgh’s life and work.
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