New Zealand marks Queen’s death with holiday and church service | app

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WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand marked the death of Queen Elizabeth II on Monday with a public holiday, a minute’s silence and an official memorial service.

The South Pacific nation is one of 14 countries outside the UK that continue to recognize the British monarch as their symbolic head of state. New Zealand had decided to wait until after last week’s funeral in Britain to hold its own commemoration.

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