Published on September 29, 2022
A Whanganui Memorial Service for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be held this Sunday, 2 October 2022 from 3.00pm at Christ Church Anglican Church at 243 Wicksteed Street.
The service will be led by Anglican Parish of Whanganui revs Caleb and Billy Rowe with local dignitaries in attendance. The service is open to all in the community.
Rev Caleb Rowe says, “We’re creating a space to gather locally and remember Her Majesty’s life and dedication to service. All are most welcome to attend.”
Whanganui District Council is supporting this event. The council’s chief executive, David Langford, says, “This local service represents Whanganui’s formal recognition of Her Late Majesty’s life and reign following the State Memorial Service held in Wellington on 26 September.
“The event will be an opportunity for Whanganui residents to acknowledge the passing of the Queen and celebrate her unparalleled 70 years as British and New Zealand Monarch.”
Queen Elizabeth II visited Whanganui during the Royal Tour of New Zealand in 1953-54 following her coronation in 1953. The Royal Train arrived at Whanganui Station at Taupo Quay on 8 January 1954 and the Queen was driven along a crowd-lined Victoria Avenue to a formal mayoral reception at Cooks Gardens before departing by train once again.