British Columbia Legislature (File Photo)

Canadians across the country will observe a national holiday on Monday to mourn the death of Queen Elizabeth II, and here’s what you need to know about it if you live in Victoria.

The date will be marked as an official federal holiday in Canada to coincide with the queen’s funeral in London, UK.

Millions of people will be watching Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral from around the world, however, Victorian’s will need be to be up at 3 a.m. PT, if you plan to watch the first British monarch have her funeral.

A ceremonial procession and commemorative service will also be held in Victoria for Queen Elizabeth II starting at 9:30 a.m. on Monday.

The province released ­further details Thursday about the ­ceremonial ­procession and provincial ­commemorative service for Queen Elizabeth II on Monday.

In a media release, the province said procession will form in front of the BC Parliament Buildings and the service will be at the Christ Church Cathedral.


See related: Here’s how you can watch the Queen’s funeral live online—and without cable


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.

They cortège will be marching from Menzies Street, then head east on Belleville, and march to the front of the Parliament Buildings in Victoria.

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

Shortly after, Lieutenant Governor Janet Austin and Premier John Horgan will walk down the steps of the Parliament Building’s ceremonial and join the procession with other dignitaries following.

A 21-gun salute by the 5th Field Battery, Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery, will take place on Belleville Street.

The procession will depart the legislature at around 10:15 a.m. and make its way towards the Christ Church Cathedral.

They are expected to arrive at 10:40 a.m., and the commemorative service is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m., here is the route procession will travel:

  • will start by heading down the east driveway past the Cenotaph
  • then travel north along Government Street
  • turn east on Fort Street
  • and proceed south on Quadra Street to Christ Church ­Cathedral

The service is open to the public, however, seating is very limited.

The ceremonial procession will be broadcasted at the legislature from about 9:45 a.m. until 10:20 a.m., as well, the Christ Church ­Cathedral will stream the service online.

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