In Memoriam: Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

A statement from the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia:

“It is with enormous sadness that I relay the news of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada. Her long and steadfast reign endured for seven decades. Her presence touched many generations of Canadian families, who watched her grow from the teenage Princess who trained as a mechanic during WWII, to the young Queen who charmed crowds on her many tours throughout the country, and to her family roles as mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother many times over.

Her Majesty’s unwavering dedication to the people of the Commonwealth earned her the respect and admiration of Canadians. She, in turn, loved Canada dearly— a sentiment she expressed to me personally during my audience with her upon being appointed Lieutenant Governor.  

Our Queen travelled to Canada on more occasions than any other country in the world. Over the course of her 22 visits, she came to British Columbia seven times, visiting communities throughout our province.

The passing of our Queen represents the end of an era defined by its longevity, by her example of service and self-sacrifice, and by the kindness and consideration she always showed to everyone. The impact of Her Majesty’s reign cannot be overstated, and I know that I am joined by all of you in the deep sadness I feel on the occasion of her passing. 

On behalf of all British Columbians, I extend my heartfelt condolences to The Royal Family and all members of the Commonwealth on the loss of our most beloved Queen.”

Condolences may be left as follows:

In Victoria:

  • A book of condolences may be signed in person at the main entrance to Government House at 1401 Rockland Ave, from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm until September 20 (the grounds remain open from dawn until dusk).
  • A book of condolences may be signed in person at the Parliament Building

In Vancouver:

  • At the Great Hall at the Vancouver Law Courts building