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Memorial events in the UK

Memorial Events in the UK
A number of formal events in London mark the passing of the Queen and acknowledge the new King. Below is a summary of these events. More information is available on the Royal Family’s website.

  • The Accession Council met at St James’s Palace following the Queen’s death. Members of the Council gathered on Saturday 10 September to acknowledge and proclaim the new King. The Council includes Privy Counsellors from across the Commonwealth.
  • The Queen’s coffin laid at rest at St Giles Cathedral, Edinburgh for 24 hours from Monday 12 September. It then lay in state at the Palace of Westminster before the funeral. During this time, members of the public were able to visit and pay their respects.
  • The State Funeral took place at Westminster Abbey on Monday 19 September at 11am. Watch a BBC live stream of the Queen's funeral. 
  • The coffin then moved in procession from Westminster Abbey to Windsor Castle. Following a committal service, a private burial took place in the King George VI Memorial Chapel.

New Zealanders wishing to pay their respects online can send a condolence message by email to on the Royal family’s website.

New Zealand attendees to Queen Elizabeth II’s state funeral

Official party

  • Prime Minister the Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern and Clarke Gayford
  • Governor General of New Zealand the Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro and Dr Richard Davies
  • Acting New Zealand High Commissioner to the UK, Shannon Austin and Craig Wadsworth

New Zealand Royal Honours holders

  • Victoria Cross for New Zealand recipient, Bill (Willie) Apiata, VC
  • New Zealand Cross recipient, Jacinda Amey, NZC
  • The Order of New Zealand recipient and former Governor-General, Dame Silvia Cartwright, ONZ, PCNZM, DBE, QSO, DStJ  
  • The Order of New Zealand recipient and former Secretary-General of the Commonwealth, Sir Don McKinnon, ONZ, GCVO, PC
  • The Order of New Zealand recipient and soprano, Dame Kiri Te Kanawa, ONZ, CH, DBE

Additional New Zealand representatives

  • Kiingi Tūheitia, KStJ, and Makau Ariki Atawhai
  • Ngāi Tahu kaumātua Sir Tipene O'Regan, ONZ
  • Ngai Tahu advocate and academic Dr Hana Merenea O'Regan
  • Founder of Ngāti Rānana – the London Māori Culture Club, Whaea Esther Kerr Jessop, ONZM, QSM
  • 2022 UK New Zealander of the Year, Corey Baker
  • Former New Zealand footballer, Rebecca Smith
  • Entrepreneur and Cambridge University MBA graduate, Jacqueline Gilbert
  • Soprano opera singer, Aivale Cole
  • Dean of the Blavatnik School of Government at Oxford University, Ngaire Woods
The selection of the ten representatives for Aotearoa New Zealand recognises the preference of London and the New Zealand Government for these to be community and cultural representatives, reflecting the Queen’s commitment to service. They include some New Zealanders based in the United Kingdom. Some of those chosen recognise the importance of the relationship between Māori and the Crown, with others drawn from different walks of life.
In addition, New Zealand was invited to send five senior holders of Royal Honours – one Victoria Cross, New Zealand Cross and three Order of New Zealand.
Last updated: 
Friday, 9 September 2022

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