Mississauga bids final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II

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Published September 19, 2022 at 12:35 pm

A relatively small number of Mississauga residents gathered in the heart of the city today (Sept. 19) to bid a final farewell to Queen Elizabeth II.

The Queen’s funeral was live streamed at Celebration Square starting at 6 a.m. Similar screenings were set up at Garden Square in Brampton and at the Burlington Performing Arts Centre.

Mississauga residents and others around the world with interest in and affection for the Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada and the Commonwealth paid their final respects today.

The Book of Condolences for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, which has been available to the public in the Great Hall of the Civic Centre since Sept. 9, will remain accessible to people until 9 p.m. on Monday night (Sept. 19).

Meanwhile, flags at the Mississauga Civic Centre and other City of Mississauga buildings that have been at half-mast since the Queen’s death on Sept. 8 will return to full-mast position on Tuesday.

The Civic Centre clock tower lights will be dimmed on Monday evening in recognition of the Queen’s death.

Today (Sept. 19) at 1 p.m., the City will also pause all operations including MiWay buses for 96 seconds to observe an Ontario-wide moment of silence.

Queen Elizabeth II served on the throne for 70 years until her death at the age of 96.

Elizabeth II instantly became one of the world’s most famous women at the age of 25, when her father’s death in 1952 made her England’s sixth ruling queen and longest-reigning monarch.

One of many links between the Queen and Mississauga spanning some seven decades actually had to do with a Russian Grand Duchess and her decision to settle in Mississauga just about the same time Elizabeth II became Queen.

Grand Duchess Olga Alexandrovna retired to a small home in Mississauga in the early 1950s and shortly before her death at the end of that decade, she spent some time with Queen Elizabeth II.

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