René Angélil to be given state funeral

René Angélil to be given state funeral

Montreal (Quebec) 2016-01-16 – René Angélil will be given with a national-grade funeral on Friday at the Notre-Dame Basilica of Montreal, where he and Céline had tied the knot in 1994.

Céline Dion’s husband of will be displayed in ardent chapel on the eve of his funeral, the 21st of January. The public can bid him adieu between 14 h and 21 h.

The funeral of M. Angélil will take place in two parts, in order to respect “his wishes and those of his family,” said press secretary Francine Chaloult on Friday. She adds that Céline is “the artist for whom he had the most respect and the woman who gave him light and happiness until his last breath.”

“The funeral will be held Friday, January 22, in the afternoon,” confirmed Yoland Tremblay, general manager of the Notre-Dame Basilica. Archbishop Christian Lépine of Montreal will lead the ceremony which is set to begin at 3 pm.

René Angélil died Thursday of throat cancer, at his home in Las Vegas. He was 73 years old.

As M. Angélil has also marked Sin City, a memorial ceremony will be held February 3 at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace, where his wife Céline has sung for several years.

State funeral

The Prime Minister Philippe Couillard said Friday “that following a consultation with René Angélil’s family, they have accepted to hold a state funeral.”

“As M. Angélil is someone that marked Québec society, the government has made [this] offer”, said Yoland Tremblay.

On Friday, the director of the basilica was not able to confirm if public figures will pay their respects to René Angélil at the funeral.

Marriage and Baptism

This is not the first time that the Dion-Angélil family reserve the premises of the Basilica of Montreal. The couple was married there in style on December 18, 1994.

Their eldest son, René-Charles, has, however, been baptized in the chapel of Notre-Dame-du-Sacré-Cœur, on July 25, 2001.

Located in the Old Port of Montréal, the Notre-Dame Basilica is the largest church of the metropolis. It has approximately 2800 seats.

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