Haligonians can sign a condolence book for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II from Friday

Haligonians will be able to sign a condolence book for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada.

It will be installed at Government House and accessible from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Friday, September 9 and for the following nine days.

There will also be a designated area at the mast for flowers.

Britain’s oldest ruling monarch died on Thursday aged 96 after more than 70 years of service.

“Her Majesty’s reign embodies the importance of commitment to one’s community and country,” Lieutenant Governor Arthur J. LeBlanc said in a press release.

“To honor its legacy, the province is recommitting to service. Through compassion, perseverance and dedication to our relationships and the work we choose, we continue to build a province where all can live in dignity and peace.

Details of a provincial memorial service and accession proclamation ceremony will be released soon.

Mayor Mike Savage commented on the Queen’s “tremendous legacy” and said it was hard to imagine a world without her.

“When you think of being in office from 1952, it’s amazing what she’s seen in the world,” the mayor of Halifax told CityNews Halifax. “The number of Prime Ministers who have served it. In Canada, the number of Governors General and Prime Ministers.”

“In a turbulent world, she was a constant, she was a beacon. She led a remarkable life and she was always someone who served others. I think that’s a great legacy.”

According to the Lieutenant Governor, Queen Elizabeth II has been a royal patron or president of more than 600 charities.

Prime Minister Tim Houston released a statement on social media, saying it is with heavy hearts that we bid farewell to the Queen.

“Her Majesty’s deep concern for Canada and Canadians, and her five visits to our province will long be remembered by Nova Scotians for generations to come,” Houston said.

“Over the next few days, people from across the province and around the world will come together to remember the Queen’s life of service and dedication to so many worthy causes.”

The Queen and her late husband, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, visited Nova Scotia in 1951, 1959, 1976, 1994 and 2010.

The Nova Scotia Archives has a virtual exhibit of digitized photographs, documents and tour memorabilia which you can find here.

Angela C. Hale