P.E.I. ceremony pays tribute to Queen on day of her funeral

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A wreath is placed beside a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II inside St. Peter's Cathedral in Charlottetown. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC - image credit)
A wreath is placed beside a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II inside St. Peter's Cathedral in Charlottetown. (Wayne Thibodeau/CBC - image credit)

A ceremony was held at St. Peter's Cathedral in Charlottetown Monday to mark the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II.

The ceremony, which began at 2 p.m. AT and lasted about 45 minutes, was by invitation only. Dignitaries included Premier Dennis King, Lt.-Gov. Antoinette Perry, Mayor Philip Brown, poet-laureate Julie Pelissier-Lush and Imam Mohammed Lahloub.

The ceremony included speeches, hymns, prayers, bagpipes, trumpets and a moment of silence.

The federal and provincial governments had declared Monday a one-time statutory holiday to coincide with the Queen's funeral in London and interment at St. George's Chapel in Windsor.

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Perry spoke about meeting the Queen in 2018 at Buckingham Palace, and how the monarch made her feel.

P.E.I.'s lieutenant governor called it the "most impactful and joyful" 20 minutes of her life.

"Here I was, having a conversation with the most famous women in the whole planet, who made me feel at ease the instant I looked at her intent gaze. With her captivating eyes I'll never forget, it was so intense, and I saw her radiant smile [and] shared a firm handshake, all of which made me feel so important."

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