Prime Minister pays tribute to the legacy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attended the state funeral in London, UK, today for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Prime Minister Trudeau expressed his thanks on behalf of all Canadians for the Queen’s lifetime of service to the Commonwealth and her people. Her late Majesty’s dedication to Canada and Canadians will forever remain an important part of our country’s history.
To honor Her Majesty’s lifelong commitment to duty and service, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that Canada will donate $20 million to the Queen Elizabeth Scholars (QES) program, which funds research projects. exchange programs that give Canadian students the opportunity to study abroad and attract the best international research talent and leaders to Canada. This donation will ensure the continued operation of the program in the future.
In London, Prime Minister Trudeau traveled to Westminster Hall to pay homage to Her Majesty The Queen during the late sovereign’s beheading. He also signed the condolence book.
Prime Minister Trudeau also received an audience with His Majesty King Charles III, where he personally offered his condolences to the Royal Family on behalf of Canadians and affirmed the loyalty of the Government of Canada as he begins his reign.
The Prime Minister then attended the state funeral at Westminster Abbey and the burial ceremony for the late Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.
During his visit, Prime Minister Trudeau also met with the Prime Ministers where the Queen is Head of State, including Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Elizabeth Truss, and Prime Minister of Australia, Anthony Albanese, to to remember the extraordinary service of Her late Majesty. He also met Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.
“The Queen’s legacy of service and steadfast leadership will live on in the countless lives she touched and as an inspiration to us all. His example inspired many young Canadians to dedicate their lives to service, to give back to their communities, and to become the leaders of today and tomorrow. I join Canadians in thanking Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for more than 70 years of selfless service and honoring her extraordinary life marked by grace, dignity and an unwavering sense of duty.
- The Prime Minister was accompanied by Sophie Grégoire Trudeau and Their Excellencies the Right Honorable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, and Mr. Whit Fraser.
- Canada was the Commonwealth country most often visited by Her Majesty, with 22 official visits as Queen.
- Her Majesty has made a point of visiting all Canadian provinces and territories. His last visit to the country dates back to 2010.
- Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was patron of over 600 charities and organizations, including 36 in Canada, reflecting her interests such as education, health, science, the environment and the arts.
- The QES program has awarded more than 2,200 scholarships since its inauguration in 2012.
- The Queen had a special relationship with the Canadian Armed Forces, well beyond her constitutional role as Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Army. She served as Colonel-in-Chief, Captain-General and Air Commodore-in-Chief for 16 regiments and units across Canada. Each of these units sent representatives to London, England to attend Her Majesty’s funeral.
- Her late Majesty was also Chief Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police since 2012. Previously, she served as Honorary Commissioner of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from 1953 to 2012, making her the longest serving ‘member’ of the RCMP.
- On the day of Her Majesty’s funeral in London, Canada will observe a National Day of Mourning and a National Memorial Ceremony will take place in Ottawa at 1:00 p.m. (ET) and will be broadcast live on television and social media. The ceremony will be preceded by a commemorative parade and a 96-gun salute – one shot for each year of Her Majesty’s life – and followed by a flypast, by Royal Air Force CF-18s Canadian.
- To commemorate Her Majesty and highlight her important connection to Canada, many buildings and landmarks from coast to coast visited by Her Majesty were illuminated in a royal blue hue on the eve of the funeral.
- Canadians are encouraged to visit the memorial website and sign the online condolence book.
- The Prime Minister was accompanied by a delegation from Canada, which included:
- The Right Honorable Michaëlle Jean
- The Right Honorable David Johnston
- The Right Honorable Kim Campbell
- The Right Honorable Jean Chretien
- The Right Honorable Paul Martin
- The Right Honorable Stephen Harper.
- RoseAnne Archibald, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations
- President of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami Natan Obed
- President of the Métis National Council Cassidy Caron
- Clerk of the Privy Council and Secretary to the Cabinet and former High Commissioner for Canada to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Janice Charette
- Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the Honorable Ralph Goodale.
- Recipients of the Order of Canada
- Marc Tewksbury
- Sandra Oh
- Gregory Charles
- Recipient of the Cross of Valor Leslie Arthur Palmer