The Government of Canada held a national commemorative ceremony in honour of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh, who passed away on April 9, 2021. The ceremony strictly followed public health COVID-19 protocols.
Information on the national commemorative ceremony
April 17, 2021
Christ Church Cathedral
Other commemorative activities
National Day of Mourning
To honour the memory of His Royal Highness, a National Day of Mourning was proclaimed on the day of the ceremony.
In accordance with public health advice, members of the public were asked not to gather in crowds and public sites to pay their respects. In lieu of flowers, Canadians were invited to make a donation to a charity of their choice or use this occasion to volunteer.
Half-masting of the National Flag of Canada
The Government of Canada proceeded with a half-masting of the National Flag of Canada on all federal buildings and establishments in Canada and abroad, including the Peace Tower in Ottawa.
On the morning of April 9, 2021, the Great Bell in the Peace Tower 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
A gun salute was conducted in Canada in honour of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. It took place immediately after the national commemorative ceremony.
Video — Gun salute in Ottawa
Funeral at St George’s Chapel
A funeral was held at St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle, United Kingdom, on April 17, 2021, prior to the national commemorative ceremony held in Ottawa on the same day.
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