Flags in Humboldt that are flying at half mast to honour the fallen in last weekend’s provincial tragedy will remain so during the period of mourning for Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen’s passing at the age of 96 has triggered tributes throughout the provinces communities.
While the City of Humboldt has not issued a statement, officials confirm that the City buildings will follow the protocol of flying at half mast through to sunset on the day of her memorial service. The courthouse, the Royal Canadian Legion and other offices will follow suit.
Throughout the province, books of condolence are available for the public to sign. Those book are open at the Legislative Building and Government House in Regina, Regina City Hall, and Saskatoon City Hall. Other communities are expected to have registries where individuals can sign. A virtual condolence book has been set up on the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan’s website.
Lieutenant Governor Russ Mirasty provided a statement honouring the Queen on her passing. He noted that she “exemplified integrity, humility, inner strength and outward grace.”
The Lieutenant Governor in his statement went on to say, “Her Majesty was very fond of Canada and Canadians and thought of our country as her home away from home. She was committed to Reconciliation and acknowledged the painful history that Indigenous peoples endured in residential schools in Canada, as well as the work that remains to heal and to continue to build an inclusive society.”
Premier Scott Moe echoed the sentiments in his own statement.
Her reign of over 70 years spanned an incredible period of history. She was Queen during the term of 12 Canadian Prime Ministers and 9 Saskatchewan Premiers. But even more enduring was the dedication, dignity and grace with which she served as Queen of Canada and the Commonwealth.”
Moe went on to offer condolences to the Royal Family, reaffirmed the province’s loyalty to the Crown and new monarch, King Charles III.