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‘What greater woman can you think of at this present moment?’ Canadians remember their Queen

The Rideau Hall entrance is marked by a bronze statue of Queen Elizabeth II astride a horse. It is a tribute to an equestrienne and head of state who rode well into her tenth century.

Canada was one of the 15 sovereign states that the Queen was monarch of at the time she died. It was also the country she most visited outside of the United Kingdom.

Rideau Hall was her home on 22 of her 22 visits as Queen. The grounds are a testament to her dedication, which includes a red maple she planted in her first visit as monarch, 1957.



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Many of the plaques that identify these trees now have flowers surrounding them. Others have signed condolence books and left flowers. Here are some tributes and memories:

Image During her first visit to Canada in 1957, the Queen planted a red oak.
Image: Braydon

Braydon, a Canadian, stated that “Her death marks a end to a golden age. The age of our grandparents.”

“She was there in a world that is constantly changing and where everything seems to be falling apart, but she never lost sight of it.”

She was the stability and continuity.

“King Charles III is facing many difficulties in the future, and there will be many hard questions about keeping the monarchy, particularly here in Canada.

“But from what I have seen so far of him, I believe the people will rally around him like they did his mom.”

Image June Duncanson Campbell

June Duncanson-Campbell from Nova Scotia said that she loves everything about the royals. Her family was always monarchists.

“We used put little flags of the United Kingdom on Queen Elizabeth’s Birthday.

“I never got the chance to meet her, but I did see her up close when she visited Ottawa.

“I believe she saw Canada as a baby nation and she was able to see the potential for so many things here. She has helped Canada grow.”

Image: Kim McLaughlin

Kim McLaughlin from Ottawa said that Justin Trudeau was a young child when his father was prime minister. We’ve seen photos of them together and they are quite adorable.

“It must have been a very special experience for him and her to share that experience with the son of a former prime Minister who also held that office.

He felt as if he had lost someone close to him. That’s what I believe all of us feel. It’s difficult to imagine a world without her, and that is something I struggle with myself.”

Image Gyde, Rosemary Shepherd

Gyde Shepherd from Ottawa said that his uncle was Governor General in Ottawa in the 1950s and 60s. He had a close relationship to Queen Liz so I feel very close to her through him.

“We have lost someone who would be equivalent to losing Pope Francis. She was a great grandmother, mother, lover, and great woman. Is there a greater woman than you can think of right now?

Rosemary Shepherd from Ottawa said: “I admire tremendously King Charles III’s work on environmental issues.

“He’s stated that he won’t make any political remarks anymore. However, I do hope that he will work in the background to address these issues.

“I believe he will be a good King.

“We cannot compare him with Queen Elizabeth. That would be unfair. He’s just as good a man as his father.

Image Ian Burleton

Shropshire’s Ian Burleton said that “She was a great lady and I think she will be missed.”

“I hope that the crown will continue to move on and on.”

“I’m sorry that we’re having problems with the world. But I think we can just try to live by the Queen’s faith, and her religion.”

Image Milly Widdis

Milly Widdis from Ottawa said that she likes to look at the monarchy whenever they visit Ottawa.

“They are great people and I like them a lot.

“This was one her favorite countries.

She had a strong connection to Canada, and she loved it every time she visited. “When I found out she had died, it was very hard for me to not cry.

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