This afternoon in Ottawa, members of the 30th Field Artillery Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery (30 RCA), will conduct a gun salute near the intersection of Sir George-Étienne Cartier Parkway and Princess Avenue to honour the recent passing of His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh.
The gun salute will commence immediately after the Canadian Heritage national commemorative ceremony being held at Christ Church Cathedral on Saturday, April 17, 2021, at approximately 1:30 p.m.
The salute is anticipated to last 45 minutes and will consist of 41 blank rounds fired at 60-second intervals. The press release noted to ensure public safety, road closures will be in effect for the duration of the gun salute.
People are asked to consult with local traffic authorities for closure information.
The Canadian Heritage national commemorative ceremony will honour the memory of His Royal Highness on a day of national mourning. The Government of Canada proceeded with a half-masting of the National Flag of Canada until sunset today.
Prince Phillip passed away on April 9, 2021, at the age of 99, months shy of his 100th birthday. He held many military honorary positions and was Colonel-in-Chief of the following units in Canada:
- The Royal Canadian Regiment (1953) Petawawa, Ontario / Oromocto, New Brunswick
- The Royal Hamilton Light Infantry (Wentworth Regiment) (1978) Hamilton, Ontario
- The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (The Duke of Edinburgh’s Own) (1967) Ottawa, Ontario
- The Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders of Canada (1967) Winnipeg, Manitoba
- The Seaforth Highlanders of Canada (1967) Vancouver, British Columbia
OTHER MILITARY HONORARY POSITIONS
- The Royal Canadian Navy (Admiral) (2011)
- The Canadian Army (General) (2011)
- The Royal Canadian Air Force (General) (2011)
- The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets (Admiral) (1953) Ottawa, Ontario
- The Royal Canadian Army Cadets (1953) Ottawa, Ontario
- The Royal Canadian Air Cadets (Air Commodore-in-Chief) (1953) Ottawa, Ontario
DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S INTERNATIONAL AWARD
He launched the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award to encourage and support the personal development of young people. Since its launch in 1956, over four million people in more than 60 countries have participated in the award program. Initially launched in the United Kingdom, the program was officially launched in Canada in 1963, where it is estimated 500,000 young Canadians between the ages of 14 and 25 have participated in the program.IMAGES OF THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH’S VISITS TO CANADA
The 30 Field Regiment, Royal Canadian Artillery (30 RCA) is a unit of 33 Canadian Battle Group (33 CBG), whose task is to augment Canada’s military with trained artillerymen and act as the National Capital Region’s salute troop.