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They are at the head of a delegation made up of about fifteen people. Among them are Governor General Mary Simon and her husband, her predecessors Michaëlle Jean and David Johnston, who represented the Queen in Canada, and former prime ministers Kim Campbell, Stephen Harper, Paul Martin and Jean Chrétien.

Leaders of the three major national Aboriginal organizations will also be present at Westminster Abbey on Monday for the Queen’s funeral. They are the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, RoseAnne Archibald, the President of the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, Natan Obed, and the President of the Métis National Council, Cassidy Caron.

Finally, the Clerk of the Privy Council, Janice Charette, and the High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom, Ralph Goodale, will complete the Canadian delegation to the state funeral.

In addition, four other Canadians will take part in a parade of national honors recipients at the funeral service in London: musician Gregory Charles, Olympic medalist Mark Tewksbury and actress Sandra Oh, all three members of the Order of Canada, as well as Coast Guard Cutter Leslie Arthur Palmer, decorated with the Cross of Valour.

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Members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and several regiments of the Canadian Armed Forces will join uniformed personnel from other Commonwealth countries for the funeral in London, which begins at 11 a.m. (local time), at Westminster Abbey.

A queue of people wait in front of Tower Bridge in London.

Many people wait in front of the Tower Bridge in London to pay their last respects to Queen Elizabeth II.

Photo: Associated Press/Markus Schreiber

Ceremony in the Canadian capital

Also on September 19, a national ceremony of remembrance will be held in Ottawa at Christ Church Anglican Cathedral at 1 p.m. (EDT).

Queen Elizabeth II’s eulogy will be delivered by former Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and former Governor General Adrienne Clarkson. Former Prime Minister Joe Clark will also be present and all parliamentarians have been invited. This ceremony will be televised and broadcast live.

Quebec artists Ginette Reno and Rufus Wainwright will perform songs in tribute to the sovereign. The national anthem will be sung by singer Kim Richardson.

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Donald Booth, Canadian Secretary to the King, and Brigadier General Guy Bélisle, Chaplain General of the Canadian Armed Forces, will offer prayers.

Also on the program for this religious service is a tribute from Albert Dumont, English-speaking poet laureate of Ottawa and Algonquin spiritual advisor.

Parade and cannon shots

Just before the ceremony, members of the Canadian Armed Forces and the RCMP will take part in a parade, which will go from the Cartier Square Armory to Christ Church Cathedral. A salute of honor of one cannon shot per year of life of the Sovereign will be fired during this parade.

After the service, Royal Canadian Air Force CF-18s will fly over Parliament Hill and then the Cathedral.

Prime Minister Trudeau has declared Monday a federal public service holiday. With the death of Elizabeth II on September 8, the royal family began a period of mourning which will end about a week after her funeral.

With information from Madeleine Blais-Morin

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