Brampton pays tribute to Queen Elizabeth II with book of condolences


Published September 9, 2022 at 4:40 pm

Queen Elizabeth II, seen here with former Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau signing the Candian Constitution into law, died last Thursday at the age of 96. CP PHOTO

Royal watchers in Brampton can pay their respects to the late Queen Elizabeth II by signing the City’s book of condolences.

Elizabeth died on Thursday (Sept. 8) at the age of 96 after a reign of 70 years, making her the United Kingdom’s longest serving monarch and a fixture in Canada as the constitutional head of state.

Flags at Brampton City Hall were lowered to half-mast after her death, and the City has made a book of condolences available for members of the public to sign in the City Hall atrium.

The book can be signed on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for those who wish to pay their respects in person, and there is also a digital book which can be signed online.

Brampton City Council will also observe a moment of silence at its meeting on Monday, and members of council will wear black ties and ribbons for the period of mourning.

During Elizabeth’s early life she was never expected to take the throne, but when her uncle King Edward VIII abdicated the throne in 1936, her father was crowned George VI.

After shepherding the United Kingdom through the Second World War, George VI died in 1952, leaving Elizabeth, then 25, to assume the throne.

Her coronation the following year was the first ever broadcast on television, and she became queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries, including Canada.

Elizabeth had a special relationship with Canada and the Region of Peel, touring Canada as both Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, and as Queen on numerous occasions.

During her 1973 Royal tour, she visited Brampton for the 100th anniversary of the town.  During the visit, the Queen and Prince Philip were taken to Gage Park where they were guests of honour during official centennial celebrations.

“On behalf of the City of Brampton, I want to extend my condolences to the Royal Family on the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll,” Brampton Mayor Patrick Brown said on Twitter. “We offer our thoughts and prayers to the family. She had a remarkable 70 year reign.”

Brown said he once met Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to Canada in 2010, and said he will never forget her warmth and kindness.

With files from The Canadian Press

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