Wellington, new Zealand:
New Zealand can have a one-off public vacation on September 26 to mark the dying of Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated as we speak.
“This, I hope, will be a chance to acknowledge a lifetime of service to New Zealand by Queen Elizabeth II,” Ms Ardern informed reporters in Wellington.
“We need to acknowledge here (that) this is a one-in-70-year event. The queen was our sovereign, our head of state.”
“She made an enormous contribution to New Zealand through her pubic service,” Ms Ardern added. “This marks a significant end to a chapter.”
A state memorial service will probably be held within the capital’s Cathedral of St Paul on the identical day.
Prime Minister Ardern confirmed she’s going to depart New Zealand on September 14 to attend the queen’s funeral in London, instantly after which she’s going to fly to the United Nation’s General Assembly in New York.
New Zealand follows within the footsteps of Australia, the place a public vacation has been introduced for September 22.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese can also be flying to London to attend the funeral.
Yesterday, Australia and New Zealand formally named King Charles III as monarch.
Both former British colonies have been unbiased for many years however retain the monarch as their head of state.
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