A bronze statue of Queen Elizabeth II seated on horseback marks the entrance to Ottawa’s Rideau Hall, a nod to a head of state and equestrian who has continued to ride well into his tenth decade. .
Canada is one of 15 sovereign countries of which the Queen was monarch at the time of her death and is the country she most visited outside of the UK.
On many of her 22 trips here as Queen, she has stayed at Rideau Hall and the grounds are testament to this, with trees she donated, including red maples planted. during her first visit as monarch in 1957.
Many plaques identifying these trees are now surrounded by flowers left behind by people who have come to pay their respects, while others have signed a condolence book. Here are some of their memories and tributes:
Braydon, from Ottawa, said: “Her death marked the end of a golden age, the era of our grandparents.
“In an ever-changing world where everything we know falls apart, she’s always been there.
“She has always been stability and continuity.
“King Charles III faces a lot of difficulties in the future, there will be a lot of conundrums about whether he should keep the monarchy, especially in Canada.
“But from what I’ve seen of him so far, I think people will rally around him just like they did with his mother.”
June Duncanson-Campbell, from Nova Scotia, said: “I just love everything about royalty, we’ve always been monarchists in our family.
“We used to plant small UK flags on the lawn for Queen Elizabeth’s birthday.
“I never had a chance to see her in person, sadly, but I did see her quite up close when she visited Ottawa.
“I think for her Canada is a small country and she can see the possibilities of so many things here – she has helped Canada grow.”
Kim McLaughlin, from Ottawa, said: “Our Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has known the Queen since a young age, when his father was prime minister and we’ve seen some photos of them together which are really worth it. love.
“For him, and for her, that experience of the son of a former prime minister who also holds that post must have made it a truly special relationship.
“He feels like he’s really lost someone, like a family member. I think we all feel the same way. It’s hard to imagine a world without her and herself. My body struggles with that.”
Gyde Shepherd, from Ottawa, said: “My uncle was Governor-General here in the 1950s and 60s and he had a close relationship with Queen Liz and so I feel close to her through her. through his uncle.
“We’ve lost someone as much as we’ve lost Pope Francis. She’s a grandma, mother, lover and great woman. What great woman can you think of at the moment. present?”
Rosemary Shepherd, from Ottawa, added: “I deeply admire King Charles III’s work on environmental issues.
“He has said that he will not make any more political comments. But I hope he will work on the background on those issues.
“I think he will be a good King.
“We can’t compare him to Queen Elizabeth – that wouldn’t be fair. But he’s a good man, just like his father.”
Ian Burleton, from Shropshire, said: “She was a wonderful woman and I think we will miss her.
“I hope that the crown will continue to last forever.
“I know we’re in trouble with the world, but I think we just have to try to follow the Queen’s faith and her religion.”
Milly Widdis from Ottawa said: “I always enjoy a glimpse of the monarchy when they visit Ottawa.
“I like them a lot and they are good people.
“This is one of her favorite countries.
“She has a huge connection to Canada and every time she comes she is amused. When I heard the news of her passing, I was so sad, I cried.”