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As you’ll undoubtedly know, the Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral is coming up next week.

Millions of people will be watching from around the world, but only a handful of people will be able to witness it in person.

It’ll be the first British monarch to have her funeral since 1760.

She will be honoured with a full state funeral at Westminster Abbey next week, in a ceremony that will be televised across the world.

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

For many of us who obviously can’t be there, the funeral will be broadcast live on Monday, September 19th at 3 a.m. PST or 6 a.m. EDT.

The service will be broadcasted on television but if you’re a cord-cutter or don’t have cable and want to watch the event, there are plenty of options to livestream the queen’s funeral on streaming platforms.

Some streaming platforms might even offer free trials.

  • CBC TV & Radio
  • Sky News livestream on their website and YouTube
  • Sky News mobile app — iOS and Android (no sign-up required)
  • Fubo TV and Sling TV carry channels such as BBC America and have free trials
  • CBS’s streaming service Paramount+ will also provide streaming coverage of the services
  • UK media outlets, BBC News will livestream coverage of the funeral on its website, as well as their Youtube channel the BBC
  • CBC News and Listen apps on iOS and Android

While the above is just a handful of places to watch, many more will likely pop up on YouTube.

In a statement Tuesday, Premier John Horgan announced that to recognize the new federal holiday to honour the late Queen Elizabeth II, all schools K-12, public post-secondary institutions and most Crown corporations will be closed.

The national holiday will be observed by federal employees this upcoming Monday,  September 19th.

“Our government will follow the lead of the federal government and join with other provinces in observing the national day of mourning to mark the Queen’s funeral,” said Horgan in his statement.

“This will be a national day to reflect on the incredible life of Canada’s Queen and the longest-serving monarch in British history.”

Horgan said in his statement that he “advises provincial public-sector employers to honour this day in recognition of the obligations around federal holidays in the vast majority of provincial collective agreements.”

This announcement came on the heels of the federal government’s decision on the holiday, but they stipulated that it would be up to provincial leadership to determine if its residents would observe the holiday as a statutory (stat) holiday.

In conjunction with the funeral Monday,  there will be a commemorative procession and service held in Victoria at Christ Church Cathedral for Queen Elizabeth II, whose passing brought on an outpouring of BC residents who want to mourn the late Queen.


With files from Curtis Blandy

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