It will be ''worship as usual'' when the Duke and Duchess
of Cambridge attend the Palm Sunday service at St Paul's
Cathedral in Dunedin next month.
As part of their New Zealand tour, the Royal couple requested
a normal service at the cathedral on April 13, the start of
The cathedral would not be closed before the service, as
''the doors of the cathedral are always open to people'',
Anglican Church spokesman the Rev Jayson Rhodes said.
''It is worship as usual.''
However, because of the potential popularity of the service,
tickets will be issued to members of the public wanting to
attend the service at the 400-person capacity cathedral.
Only a small number of tickets were available to ensure
groups associated with the cathedral were able to attend.
The Dean of St Paul's, the Very Rev Dr Trevor James said it
was ''an honour for the cathedral to host the royal couple as
they attend worship at the beginning of Holy Week''.
He extended an invitation to those wanting to worship
alongside the couple to secure their tickets.
On the day of the service, all streets around the cathedral
would be closed.
However, passengers could be dropped at the gates of the
cathedral car park, which would also provide the only access
to the building for ticket holders.
Palm Sunday admission to the cathedral would be from 9am and
the entire congregation was to be seated by 9.45am.
In addition to the church service, the Duke and Duchess of
Cambridge will also watch Rippa rugby and local entertainment
at Forsyth Barr Stadium.
Premium seats for that event are also ticketed, with free
tickets available from the stadium's Gate A box office or via
General stand admission without a ticket is also possible on
the day of the event.
Palm Sunday service
Ticketing arrangements are. -
• All ticket applications must be to the St Paul's Cathedral
administrator via firstname.lastname@example.org or
PO Box 5205, Dunedin 9058.
• Applications must be received by Tuesday, April 2.
• Numbers may be limited because of space.
• Details required include the names of ticket holders, and
contact details (email, phone and address).
• ID required when collecting tickets; tickets posted to
those living outside Dunedin.