Local dignitaries and political leaders are expressing their condolences for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II who passed way at the age of 96-years-old.
The City of Lacombe provided a statement this afternoon that read:
“Lacombe City Council expresses condolences to the citizens of the United Kingdom, the British Commonwealth, and the Royal Family on the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
For most of our citizens in Lacombe, Queen Elizabeth has been the only British monarch and Canada’s Head of State they have known – ruling an astounding 70 years, reaching her Platinum Jubilee on the throne earlier this year.
Many of our residents and Canadians across the country will undoubtedly miss the Queen's stable, rational and democratically-supportive leadership.
On behalf of the City of Lacombe, Council offers sympathies to all those mourning the Queen's passing.
Lacombe City Council will recognize the reign of Queen Elizabeth II during the upcoming Council Meeting."
MP, Blaine Calkins also took to social media this afternoon stating, “This actually breaks my heart because I do have much respect and admiration for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. She's the only queen I have ever known in my entire life. My heart is heavy for this incredible loss.”
The City of Red Deer is inviting the public to sign a Book of Condolences at the Red Deer Public Library starting tomorrow. They also provided a statement from Mayor Ken Johnston.
“It is a sad and historic day as we join the Commonwealth and the world in mourning Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II,”, said Mayor Ken Johnston. “On behalf of City Council and the citizens of Red Deer, we extend our condolences the Royal Family and express our gratitude for Her Majesty’s many years of extraordinary public service and incredible leadership.”
Queen Elizabeth visited Red Deer in 1990 for the opening of the new $1.6 million Pediatrics Ward in the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. A scholarship in the queen’s honour in neonatology and pediatrics is still presented annually in the City.