KAWARTHA LAKES-Queen Elizabeth has passed away at the age of 96.
“The Queen died peacefully at Balmoral this afternoon,” said a statement from the palace. “The King and The Queen Consort will remain at Balmoral this evening and will return to London tomorrow.”
Earlier today the palace said there was concern for The Queen’s health and she was resting comfortably at Balmoral under a doctor’s supervision. The Queen was surrounded by her family at the time of her death.
Queen Elizabeth is Britain’s longest-serving Monarch having spent 70 years on the throne.
Her son, Prince Charles, issued a statement saying: “The death of my beloved mother, Her Majesty The Queen, is a moment of the greatest sadness for me and all members of my family. We mourn profoundly the passing of a cherished Sovereign and a much-loved mother.”
The City of Kawartha Lakes issued the following statement:
“Queen Elizabeth II, Canada’s head of state and the longest-reigning British Monarch, has passed away. Elizabeth became Queen of England in 1952, at the age of 25, and reigned over her country and the Commonwealth, including Canada, for seventy years. The flags have been lowered to half-mast at City Hall, all Kawartha Lakes Service Centres and Logie Park. They will stay at half-mast until sunset the day of the funeral or memorial service. A black ribbon has also been placed over the Queen’s portrait in Council Chambers at City Hall.”
The flags at Kawartha Lakes Police Service station were lowered to half-mast.
“The Kawartha Lakes Police Service joins Canadians in mourning the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. We extend our condolences to the Royal Family.” said police in a statement.
Peterborough Police tweeted: “We recognize the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, who devoted her life to public service and persevered in her promise to serve Canadians and the entire Commonwealth. Thank you for your service.”
MPP Laurie Scott also expressed condolences. “As the longest reigning Monarch, her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s sense of duty and devotion to a life of service was actively held with grace and honour. I would like to extend my deepest condolences to the Royal Family as we mourn with the people of the Commonwealth.”