Press & Communications

21 Mar 2011

His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales will attend a memorial service at Westminster Abbey for victims of the Christchurch earthquake.

The service will be held on Sunday 27 March 2011 at 12 noon.

It is being organised with the New Zealand High Commission, New Zealand government agencies and community groups in London.  

The service will provide an opportunity to reflect on the loss of life suffered as a result of the February 22 earthquake and the huge impact it has had on New Zealand’s second largest city, its people, and those from around the world affected by the tragedy.

It is also an opportunity to acknowledge the generosity, sympathy and support New Zealand has received from the United Kingdom since the earthquake hit.

The people of Japan, who suffered their own earthquake and tsunami on March 11, will be remembered in the service.

The service will begin at noon on Sunday 27 March. It will also be audio broadcast into St Margaret’s Church, which stands within the grounds of Westminster Abbey.

Over 2500 tickets have been balloted for members of the public to attend.

Proceeds from a collection after the service will go towards the New Zealand Government’s Christchurch Earthquake Appeal.