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Passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Below is information on the New Zealand Defence Force's ceremonial support for the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Accession of His Majesty King Charles III.

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17 September: Prince and Princess of Wales visited our contingent

The Prince and Princess of Wales visited our contingent in the United Kingdom, ahead of the upcoming state funeral for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

After they talked to personnel from Australia, Canada and New Zealand at Army Training Centre Pirbright, our contingent performed a haka for the Prince and Princess.

 

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16 September: Rehearsals in the United Kingdom

Our contingent in the United Kingdom has been rehearsing with other Commonwealth countries for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s funeral procession in London, on Monday.

They’ve been practising at Army Training Centre Pirbright in Surrey and have also had a dress rehearsal with the HM Armed Forces in the early hours, on London's Mall.

The marching contingent, with 116 Commonwealth personnel from Canada, Australia and New Zealand will march near the head of the procession while the Colonel-Commandants of the affiliated Army units (for New Zealand, the Royal Regiment of New Zealand Artillery, the Royal New Zealand Armoured Corps, the Corps of Royal Engineers and the Royal New Zealand Infantry Regiment) are near the rear, ahead of the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s coffin. 

Around 4,500 military personnel will be involved, including those lining the procession.

Sunday, 11 September 2022

This afternoon, New Zealand Army's 16th Field Regiment fired a 21-gun salute from Point Jerningham, Wellington to acknowledge the Proclamation of Accession of His Majesty King Charles III. In accordance with naval tradition, the Royal New Zealand Navy also fired a gun salute at the same time from Devonport Naval Base.

21-gun salute in Wellington and Auckland to acknowledge the Proclamation of Accession of His Majesty King Charles III

 

Sunday, 11 September 2022: NZDF contingent to depart for UK to take part in official mourning events

A contingent from our Defence Force is set to embark on travel to the United Kingdom to pay tribute to the life of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The contingent’s role will be to march in the funeral procession with HM Armed Forces and those of other Commonwealth countries who have significant links to the late Queen. This will require several days of in-country preparation and rehearsals before the funeral.

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Friday, 9 September 2022: Death Gun Salute marking the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

This evening, New Zealand Army soldiers from 16th Field Regiment fired a 96-gun Death Gun Salute from Wellington Waterfront at dusk to mark the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

In attendance were Her Excellency The Rt Hon Dame Cindy Kiro, Governor-General of New Zealand and Dr Richard Davies, Minister of Defence Hon Peeni Henare, Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short, Deputy Chief of Navy Commodore Melissa Ross, Chief of Army Major General John Boswell, Chief of Air Force Air Vice-Marshal Andrew Clark, and other dignitaries.

Friday, 9 September 2022: New Zealand Defence Force mourns death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

We acknowledge with sadness the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the Monarch who had many deep and abiding ties with New Zealand’s military forces.

Chief of Defence Force Air Marshal Kevin Short said Her Majesty’s ongoing dedication to her duties was an inspiration to our Defence Force, particularly in the challenging times throughout her reign.

“Her dedication and commitment resonated with us all as it is the ultimate example of service which underpins everything we do as members of the New Zealand Defence Force,” he said.

“While there will be a sombre mood acknowledging Her Majesty’s death, it is also a time to appropriately celebrate her more than 70 years as our Monarch and her contribution to all walks of life and to the Armed Forces.”

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