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Canada commemorates monarch’s life with tributes and ceremony in Ottawa

Queen Elizabeth II, the world’s second longest-reigning monarch and Canada’s oldest sovereign, was laid to rest in a series of ornate ceremonies that took place from Westminster Abbey in London to St. -George at Windsor.

In Canada, a parade in honor of the Queen in Ottawa is underway and a commemorative ceremony will follow. Schools, parliaments and organizations across the country will pay tribute through moments of silence, tributes and education about the life and contributions of the monarch. Former prime minister Brian Mulroney is in attendance, along with fierce NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative leader Pierre Poilievre.

Canadians at the Queen’s funeral

Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, traveled to the United Kingdom on September 16 to attend the funeral. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was also present, accompanied by Sophie Grégoire Trudeau.

Canadian actress Sandra Oh also attended the funeral of the Queen, who was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in June.

Five members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP), specifically the RCMP Musical Ride, led the procession. It is a troop of officers who perform exercises on horseback to music. The inclusion is representative of Queen Elizabeth’s affection for the RCMP. The Musical Ride has given eight of its horses to Queen Elizabeth. The first was a Burmese from the RCMP ranch in Saskatchewan in 1969.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 19: Royal Canadian Mounted Police during the State Funeral of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey on September 19, 2022 in London, England. Members of the public can pay their respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 23 hours a day from 5:00 p.m. on September 18, 2022 until 6:30 a.m. on September 19, 2022. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland in September. 8, 2022, and is succeeded by his eldest son, King Charles III. (Photo by Marko Djurica – WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The federal government has also made September 19 a federal holidaywhile Ontario and Quebec opted to declare the holiday provincial, which also sparked discussion as to why the decision was made by the Government of Canada.

While many Canadians have expressed sadness over the Queen’s death, others have referenced the colonialist legacy of the British Empire and wonder about the future of the monarchy.

Follow our live blog as Canadians coast to coast and in London commemorate the Queen’s life throughout the day.

Rodney N.

The author Rodney N.