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The State Memorial Service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

“She showed us that though our lives can sometimes feel at the mercy of immense and indifferent forces, what matters most remains always within our control: the small acts of goodness and generosity we perform each day.”

This reflection on the life of Queen Elizabeth II was part of Dame Cindy’s address at the State Memorial Service today, held at the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul. Members of Parliament, former Governors-General, former Prime Ministers and representatives from the Realm of New Zealand were among those present at the Memorial, which commemorated Elizabeth II’s 70 years as Queen of New Zealand.

Members of the New Zealand Defence Force marched the Queen's Personal Flag and the Queen's Colours into the Cathedral, and the Sovereign's Collar of the New Zealand Order of Merit was placed on the Table of Remembrance. The Prime Minister gave a historical reading, detailing Her Majesty's first visit to New Zealand as our Queen. 

Dame Cindy's full address can be found here.

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Candles are lit on the Table of Remembrance

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