Former prime ministers and decorated Canadians will be in London on Monday | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

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Ex-prime ministers and decorated Canadians will be in London on Monday | Death of Queen Elizabeth II

Justin Trudeau will notably be accompanied by his predecessors in London.

< p class="e-p">Canada will send 15 dignitaries to the state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday in London, while four Canadians will take part in a parade of recipients of “royal honours”, including Gregory Charles .

The official Canadian delegation to Westminster Abbey will be led by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife, and Governor General Mary Simon and her husband.

The two couples will be joined by former Governors General Michaëlle Jean and David Johnston, who represented the Queen in Canada, as well as former Prime Ministers Kim Campbell, Jean Chrétien, Paul Martin and Stephen Harper.

The Prime Minister's Office did not respond to questions about whether it had invited Mary Simon's immediate predecessor, Julie Payette, who resigned in January 2021 amid allegations of harassment at the work.

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, 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 valour, will take part in a parade of recipients of national honors, as part of the funeral service in London.

Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and several Canadian Armed Forces regiments will also join uniformed personnel from other Commonwealth countries for the funeral in London, scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. (local time), at the Abbey of Westminster.

In Ottawa, a national memorial service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, which will be attended by former Progressive Conservative prime ministers Brian Mulroney and Joe Clark. All parliamentarians have been invited to this commemorative service which will be televised live.

The national remembrance ceremony in Ottawa will begin with a parade of members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP. A salute of one cannon shot per year of life of the Sovereign will be fired during the parade, which will go from the Cartier Square Drill Hall to Christ Church Cathedral.

After the service, Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18s will fly over Parliament Hill and then the Cathedral.

Prime Minister Trudeau announced Tuesday that Monday, the National Day of Mourning, will be a statutory holiday within the federal public service.

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