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Commemorative ceremony for Duke of Edinburgh to close downtown Ottawa streets over weekend

The ceremony will take place Saturday morning and into the afternoon.
Prince Philip
(Adrian Dennis | Pool via AP, File)

Drivers are being warned of road closures in the city's downtown core this weekend as the country honours His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip in a commemorative ceremony.

The ceremony will take place on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. As such, Sparks Street from Bay Street to Bronson Avenue, and Bronson Avenue from Sparks Street to Queen Street will be closed.

The roads, Canadian Heritage said, will be closed as a measure for health and safety, as well as to facilitate the broadcast of the ceremony.

Only pre-registered vehicles with pre-arranged access and emergency responders will be allowed to access streets that are closed.

Prince Philip died on April 9 at the age of 99.

The prince and Queen Elizabeth II have been married 73 years. 

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