Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral: How to watch the events Monday in B.C.

The procession will form in front of the BC State Houses of Parliament and begin at 9:30 am Monday.

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Monday, which is a national day of mourning for the late Queen Elizabeth II, is a holiday for much of BC’s public sector, but not the private sector.

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Schools are closed and court cases adjourned, but many British Columbians are still forced to go to work. Still, there are events planned for the day in BC, so those who don’t have the day off might want to watch online.

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In BC there will be a procession and provincial memorial service at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria on Monday.

The procession will form in front of the BC State Houses and begin at 9:30 am

The Cortège will be led by the Royal Canadian Navy’s Naden Band and a 100-man Royal Guard of Honor made up of members of the Maritime Forces Pacific, according to a government press release.

Janet Austin, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia, and Premier John Horgan and other dignitaries will follow.

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The procession begins at 10:15 am. Follow the east ramp by the Cenotaph, go north along Government Street, go east on Fort Street, and then south on Quadra Street to Christ Church Cathedral.

Where can I watch BC events?

At 11 o’clock, The Cathedral will host a provincial memorial service for the late Queen Elizabeth II.

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The memorial service will be conducted by the Reverend M. Ansley Tucker and will be streamed live christchurchcathedral.bc.ca/live

Public seating in the cathedral will be limited.

A line is formed south of the main entrance. The church is asking people not to call the office to secure a seat. It is offered on a first come, first serve basis.

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Those attending in person may wish to point out that the rRoads around the cathedral will be closed.

A map of the procession route is available here: https://news.gov.bc.ca/files/Procession_route.pdf

This is a screenshot of the procession route map as provided by the BC government.
This is a screenshot of the procession route map as provided by the BC government.

The Vancouver Sun will also have a live story of the day’s events, with the live stream of the ceremony embedded in the story.

How to follow the funeral in England?

The Queen’s coffin arrived at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, where it will lie in state until Monday’s funeral.

If you want to see the beginning of the funeral in BC, you have to get up very early. Due to the time difference, it starts at 3am PT.

It will be broadcast live on TV and online.

The BBC and Sky News are broadcast live on TV and both also have live streams online at bbc.com/news and on the Sky News YouTube channel.

In Canada, the CBC is also broadcast live and those who are at home or at work can watch online at cbc.ca.

The Vancouver Sun will have a story online that will be constantly updated on the day’s events and will include live stream videos.

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What else is happening in BC?

The Canadian flag at Vancouver City Hall and on city and park facilities is lowered to half-mast and remains at half-mast until sunset on the day of her memorial service.

Will the transit be operational?

Yes. According to TransLink, buses, the SeaBus, the West Coast Express and the SkyTrain will operate on a normal weekday schedule. However, the Expo and Millennium lines will operate with reduced peak traffic. HandyDart will be at vacation level.

BC Ferries operates all routes but does not plan any additional departures in anticipation of more travelers to Victoria for the procession and service.

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