WASHINGTON – A memorial service for Her late Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will be held at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday, September 21, at 11 a.m. ET, held in collaboration with the British Embassy. 

As a Protestant Episcopal Church, the Cathedral is part of the Anglican Communion, which includes the Church of England. The Right Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, will preside over the service, and The Most Rev. Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, will deliver the sermon.

Remarks are expected from Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce, the British Ambassador to the United States, and the Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, Dean of Washington National Cathedral. A wide range of US dignitaries and senior officials will be invited to attend the service.

All media wishing to cover the service must request press credentials from the Cathedral in advance by filling out the form at this link. All requests for credentials are due by Friday, September 16 at 5 p.m. ET, and determinations for these requests will be made on Monday, September 19. The Cathedral will also have an HD livestream of the service at this link, which all media are free to use with credit to Washington National Cathedral.

The service will be by-invitation-only, and only those with tickets will be authorized to attend. All safety measures will be followed to ensure the health of the staff and guests in attendance. Members of the press must register at this link to request press credentials in order to be considered for access to the service. 

As Head of the Church of England and Queen of the United Kingdom and other Commonwealth realms, Elizabeth’s reign is the longest of any British monarch and the longest recorded of any female head of state in history. At the time of her passing, the queen had ruled for 70 years, and celebrated her Platinum Jubilee earlier this year. She died aged 96 at Balmoral Castle in Scotland and is succeeded by her eldest son, His Majesty King Charles III.

“Her Majesty devoted 70 years of service to her God and to her people,” said The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, dean of Washington National Cathedral. “We will remember her unwavering sense of duty, devotion and fidelity she embodied, and the many visits she has made to the Cathedral over her lifetime.”

The Cathedral is located at 3101 Wisconsin Ave. NW, near the intersection of Massachusetts and Wisconsin Avenues NW. 

Eleanor Donohue, 202-704-5840, [email protected]


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