With Queen Elizabeth II passing earlier today at the age of 96, the city of Airdrie and the province will honour Her Majesty Queen, by lowering the flags on all government buildings to half-mast, until sunset on the day of Her Majesty’s funeral.
Starting tomorrow and lasting two days, the city will also have a condolence book for Airdronians to go and sign which will be sent to the royal family.
The province will be doing the following:
- Flags at all provincial buildings will be at half mast for the mourning period. *The flags will be at full mast for one day on the accession day of the King.
- There will be public statements of condolence by the Lieutenant Governor, Premier and Speaker of the Legislative Assembly.
- Memorial page(s) will be posted on the websites of the Lieutenant Governor, Government of Alberta and Legislative Assembly.
- All official portraits of Her Majesty will be draped.
- Books of condolence will be available online at alberta.ca. and at some provincial buildings throughout the province.
- A provincial public memorial will be held on the last day of mourning.
Many government officials have released statements to share their condolences. Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown spoke with DiscoverAirdrie,
“Obviously as a community, we're deeply saddened at the passing of Her Majesty the Queen and obviously, we're extending our sincere condolences to the royal family and all of the people she touched over the many nations she ruled over. I just wish them all the very best during this very challenging time.”
Airdrie East MLA Angela Pitt posted to social media saying, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was an amazing woman that led with honour. I am deeply saddened by her passing and offer my condolences to her family.
Airdrie Banff MP Blake Richards also took to social media and sent out his condolences in conjunction with all Canadians to the Royal Family upon the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney issued a press release on the recent news:
“I join Albertans, Canadians and the peoples of the Commonwealth in deepest grief and sorrow at the death of Her late Majesty the Queen.
The long and glorious reign of Canada’s Sovereign has ended, and with it what Sir Winston Churchill called the second Elizabethan Age.
For almost all of us, she is the only Canadian Monarch we have ever known. In an ever-changing world, she was for us a bedrock of stability and continuity, a ceaselessly gracious and dignified presence in our lives.
Her late Majesty gave her whole life in service to her people and to the institutions that are the safeguards of our parliamentary democracy and liberties. Continuing her public duties into the seventh decade of her reign and her 96th year, it seemed like she was an eternal presence in our lives. And so today’s sad news is for me and for many a terrible shock, as something permanent in our lives has given way.
On her many visits to Alberta, Her late Majesty demonstrated a deep affection for this place and its people. Her name will live on forever here, on schools and streets, roadways and buildings, and indeed Mount Queen Elizabeth and the Queen Elizabeth Range of our majestic Rocky Mountains.
The late Queen was a woman who held a quiet but deep Christian faith. And so I join with countless people here and around the world in praying for the repose of her soul and the consolation of the Royal Family. She would have meditated many times on the parable of the talents, so I hope that she will finally hear the words: ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your Lord.’
Thank you, Your Majesty, and may God save The King.”
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also offered his condolences.
“It was with the heaviest of hearts that we learned of the passing of Canada’s longest-reigning Sovereign, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She was a constant presence in our lives – and her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history.”
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