Public Holiday on 26 September to mark passing of Queen Elizabeth II

Prime Minister

New Zealand will mark the passing of Queen Elizabeth II with a State Memorial Service and one-off public holiday on Monday 26 September, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced.

“As New Zealand’s Queen and much loved Sovereign for over 70 years, it is appropriate that we mark her life of dedicated public service with a State Memorial Service and a one-off public holiday,” Jacinda Ardern said.

“Queen Elizabeth II was an extraordinary person and I know many New Zealanders will appreciate the opportunity to both mark her death and celebrate her life.

“The State Memorial Service will be held in the Wellington Cathedral of St Paul on the same day, Monday 26 September, and will be televised and live streamed.

“I know many people will want the opportunity to pay their respects and the public holiday offers communities around the country the ability to come together and pay tribute at local events also.

“The decision to hold a one-off Public Holiday in the Queen’s honour is also in line with similar holidays in the UK and Australia, and is in keeping with what is an historic event,” Jacinda Ardern said.

The Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has also confirmed she will represent New Zealand, alongside the Governor General, at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II in London. The Prime Minister will depart New Zealand on Wednesday 14 September.

Further details of the Prime Minister’s travel will be released in the coming days.

Editor’s Notes

  • All political parties were consulted on Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day
  • Normal Public Holiday requirements under the Holiday’s Act will apply
  • The Public Holiday will be called Queen Elizabeth II Memorial Day. Legislation will be passed next week to bring the holiday into force.
  • It will be a one-off holiday held on 26 September 2022 only
  • Further details of the State Memorial Service will be released at a later date
  • Following the Queen’s funeral the Prime Minister will fly to New York for the United Nations General Assembly on the evening of Monday 19 September and resuming her programme for the week there, including co-hosting the Christchurch Call Summit alongside French President Emmanuel Macron and delivering New Zealand’s national statement