History & heritage  |  15 Feb 2023

The public are welcome to witness the dedication of the restored Citizens’ War Memorial in the presence of Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Princess Anne on Friday.

Princess Anne is the Colonel in Chief of the NZ Army’s Royal New Zealand Corps of Signals and is visiting New Zealand to attend its centenary celebrations.

She will also carry out a small number of engagements including rededicating the Citizens’ War Memorial in Cathedral Square on Friday 17 February at 12pm.

Princess Anne will be accompanied by her husband Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence during the half hour ceremony and she will lay a wreath as well as unveil a plaque.

There will not be a walkabout but the public will be able to observe the event.

The Bishop of Te Wai Ponamu will conduct a blessing during the ceremony and the Bishop of Christchurch will say the closing prayer.

The Last Post will be sounded, followed by a minute of silence. The Ode to the Fallen will be given in English and te reo Māori.

RSA National President Sir Wayne (Buck) Shelford will attend with representatives from the Royal NZ Navy Volunteer Reserve and 2/4 Battalion RNZIR.

Traffic will be closed on the north side of the Square, so access will be from Worcester Boulevard to the west and Colombo Street from the north. The Tram will not be running.

The service will still occur in the event of rain.