Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has declared Canada in mourning at the death of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest reigning monarch in British history. She died Thursday, aged 96.
“She was one of my favorite people in the world and I will miss her so,” Mr. Trudeau said in Vancouver where he was attending a cabinet retreat, and had been expected, until developments around the Queen’s health, to make an affordability announcement.
“She had an obvious, deep and abiding love and affection for Canadians.”
Mr. Trudeau noted that he was the twelfth prime minister the Queen dealt with. “I am having trouble believing that my last sit down with her was my last,” he said.
“I will so miss those chats. She was thoughtful, wise, curious, helpful, funny and so much more. In a complicated world, her steady grace and resolve brought comfort and strength to us all. Canada is in mourning. She was one of my favorite people in the world and I will miss her so.”
Governor-General Mary Simon offered deepest condolences to the Royal Family at the news.
“Canadians across the country will mourn the loss of The Queen. Let us take a moment to honour Her Majesty’s memory in each of our own ways,” Ms. Simon said in a tweet.
Interim Conservative Leader Candice Bergen said, in a statement, that the Queen’s sense of duty to Canada was both deeply held and demonstrated in her actions.
“As Queen of Canada, she was not only a witness to our historical evolution as a modern, confident, and self-assured nation – she was an active participant. She was with us to open the St. Lawrence Seaway. She presided over our centennial celebrations. Later, she even opened the Olympic Games in Montreal,” Ms. Bergen said.
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh, who was taking part in a caucus meeting in Halifax, issued a brief statement to reporters to express sadness at the passing of the Queen on behalf of his party.
“For many Canadians, Elizabeth represents the only monarch they’ve known in their entire lives. She served over 70 years as monarch and lived a life of service,” he said. “. She also represents stability, and the loss is going to be felt.”
Europe Correspondent Paul Waldie reports here from England. There are live updates here.
There is an obituary here on Queen Elizabeth II.
And John Fraser, the founding president of the Institute for the Study of the Crown in Canada and the author of The Secret of the Crown, writes here on how Queen Elizabeth, a perfect and unobtrusive sovereign, subtly shaped Canada
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