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‘Selfless service’: Ontario mourns after death of Queen Elizabeth II

Officials and residents in Ontario are expressing their condolences after the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

The Royal Family announced her death in a Twitter post Thursday afternoon, saying she died “peacefully” in her Scottish residence of Balmoral Castle. She was 96 years old.

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“The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow,” the post read.

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Shortly after her death was announced, officials began sharing their condolences on social media.

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford issued a statement saying he joins with “everyone across our province, country and the world in commemorating the remarkable life” of the queen.

“Throughout her historic reign, she taught us the true meaning of selfless service and was respected and admired for her sense of duty and commitment to charity,” the statement read.

“While I express my sincere condolences to King Charles III, I also congratulate His Majesty on his ascension to the throne of the United Kingdom and to wish him great success in continuing his mother’s legacy.”

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The premier said he is sending “thoughts and prayers” to the entire Royal Family, the people of the United Kingdom and the queen’s “many admirers all over the world.”


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Toronto Mayor John Tory offered “heartfelt condolences” to The King, other members of the Royal Family and to the Commonwealth “who will be feeling a profound sense of loss as we mark the passing of our Queen, Elizabeth II.”

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“So many of us have known no other Queen,” he said in a statement. “She was the one constant and reassuring presence in our own country and on the world stage – a beacon of eloquence, stability and commitment to duty – over so many decades.”

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He said the city had a “warm relationship” with the Queen.


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“Over the course of her more than 70-year reign, The Queen’s sense of duty and devotion to public service was unflagging,” Tory said. “She traveled more than any other monarch, and Canada was the country she most often visited. She even referred to Canada as her second home.”

Tory said she will be “profoundly missed,” but added that her legacy will “live on through her relationship with this country, province and city over the years and the length of time she has been our Queen, together with her commitment to the Commonwealth.”

He said “across Toronto, our thoughts are with the King and all the members of the Royal Family at this sad time.”

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Canada’s Governor General Mary Simon also offered her “deepest condolences” to the Royal Family on Twitter.

“Canadians across the country will mourn the loss of The Queen,” the tweet read. “Let us take a moment to honour Her Majesty’s memory in each of our own ways.”

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Queen Elizabeth II was a “constant presence in our lives.”

“And her service to Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history,” he said in a post on Twitter.

Trudeau said Canadians “will always remember and cherish Her Majesty’s wisdom, compassion, and warmth.”

“Our thoughts are with the members of the Royal Family during this most difficult time,” he said.

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In a tweet, Toronto’s CN Tower said it will be dark on Thursday night “in memory of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.”

Seneca College also said it would fly its flags at half-mast to mark the death of the queen.

“In accordance with federal rules for half-masting the National Flag of Canada, flags at Seneca will continue to fly at half mast until sunset on the day of the funeral,” a post on Twitter read.

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