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Arrangements for the Guernsey Service of Thanksgiving and the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Tuesday 13 September 2022

As Guernsey continues to observe the Period of Mourning following the Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, events will be held on Saturday 17 September and on the day of the State Funeral, Monday 19 September.

Saturday 17 September - Service of Thanksgiving

A special Service of Thanksgiving will be held at the Town Church, on Saturday 17 September at 11.30am. 

The Dean of Guernsey, the Very Reverend Tim Barker will lead the service which will include prayers, hymns and the National Anthem, as Islanders mourn the Death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and give thanks for her life and legacy.

Islanders are invited to attend the service at Town Church where there will be some seating for members of the public, on a first come, first served basis and they are welcome to arrive from 10.45am. In addition, the service will be livestreamed on the States of Guernsey Facebook page and churches that have facilities to show this have been encouraged to welcome people for live screenings of the service.

Sunday 18 September - One minute silence

In line with the United Kingdom, a one-minute silence will be observed in Guernsey at 8pm where Islanders are invited to join in the national moment of reflection to mourn and reflect on the life and legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Monday 19 September - Screening of the State Funeral at Saumarez Park

On Monday 19 September, Islanders are invited to Saumarez Park where a large screen will be installed for the broadcast of the State Funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Islanders are invited to attend from 10am to watch the coverage leading up to the State Funeral which is scheduled to begin at 11am.   

Provision has also been made for seating for as many as 2,000 people, and it will be prioritised for those who need it.  There will also be a large space where people can bring blankets and rugs to view the screening of the State Funeral. 

Islanders are reminded that the State Funeral is an occasion to mourn the death of Her Majesty and they are asked to dress appropriately and to be respectful of other mourners. 

Other venues wishing to open to hold screenings of the State Funeral are welcome and encouraged to do so.

Representation at the State Funeral in London

His Excellency the Lieutenant-Governor, Lieutenant General Richard Cripwell and Mrs Cripwell will attend the State Funeral in London, representing the people of the Bailiwick.

Closure of Public Buildings in Guernsey

On Monday 19 September the majority of public buildings will be closed, including Beau Sejour, museums and Castle Cornet.

The Harbour and Airport will be open, however both will cease commercial operations between 11am and 12pm while the funeral is taking place.  The funeral will be shown on screens in the airport and harbour terminal buildings for travellers who are in the buildings at that time.

Public buildings providing critical services, such as the Princess Elizabeth Hospital, will remain open and will operate as normal.

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