Canadian delegation en route to London for the Queen's funeral | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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The Canadian delegation en route to London for the funeral of the Queen | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

The Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and his wife, Sophie Grégoire, at the as they leave Canada for London, where they will attend the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.

Three days before Queen Elizabeth II's funeral, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire flew to London on Friday morning, where they are expected at 8:30 p.m. local time.


They are at the head of a delegation made up of about fifteen people. Among them are Governor General Mary Simon and her husband, her predecessors Michaëlle Jean and David Johnston, who represented the Queen in Canada, and former prime ministers Kim Campbell, Stephen Harper, Paul Martin and Jean Chrétien.

Leaders of the three major national Aboriginal organizations will also be present at Westminster Abbey: Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald, Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami President Natan Obed, and the President of the Métis National Council, Cassidy Caron.

Finally, the Clerk of the Privy Council, Janice Charette, and the High Commissioner of Canada to the United Kingdom, Ralph Goodale, will complete the Canadian delegation to the state funeral.

In addition, four other Canadians will take part in a parade of national honors recipients at the funeral service in London: musician Gregory Charles, Olympic medalist Mark Tewksbury and actress Sandra Oh, all three members of the Order of Canada, as well as Coast Guard Cutter Leslie Arthur Palmer, decorated with the Cross of Valor.

Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and several regiments of the Canadian Armed Forces will also join uniformed personnel from other Commonwealth countries for the funeral in London, which begins at 11 a.m. h (local time), at Westminster Abbey.

Many people wait in front of the Tower Bridge in London to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

Always on September 19, a national ceremony of commemoration will be held in Ottawa at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral at 1:00 p.m. (EDT).

Queen Elizabeth II's eulogy will be delivered by former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. Former Prime Minister Joe Clark will also be present and all parliamentarians have been invited. This ceremony will be televised and broadcast live.

Quebec artists Ginette Reno and Rufus Wainwright will perform songs in tribute to the sovereign. The national anthem will be sung by singer Kim Richardson.

Donald Booth, Canadian Secretary to the King, and Brigadier General Guy Bélisle, Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces, will deliver the prayers.

Also on the program for this religious service is a tribute from Albert Dumont, English-speaking poet laureate of Ottawa and Algonquin spiritual advisor.

Just before the ceremony, members Canadian Armed Forces and RCMP will take part in a parade, which will travel from the Cartier Square Armory to Christ Church Cathedral. A salute of honor of one cannon shot per year of life of the Sovereign will be fired during this parade.

At the end of the religious service, CF-18s from the Royal Canadian Air Force will fly over Parliament Hill and then the Cathedral.

Prime Minister Trudeau has declared Monday a public holiday federal public. With the death of Elizabeth II on September 8, the Royal Family began a period of mourning which will end approximately one week after her funeral.

With information from La Presse canadienne, and CBC

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