Ontario Honors Queen Elizabeth II with New Statue

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The Ontario government has erected a memorial statue to honor Queen Elizabeth II and Her Majesty’s Platinum Jubilee, marking 70 years of service to the people of Canada, the United Kingdom and the Commonwealth.

This statue is located near the visitors’ entrance to the Legislative Assembly at Queen’s Park.

“For 70 years, Queen Elizabeth II put service to people before herself and demonstrated boundless strength and comfort to people around the world,” said Prime Minister Doug Ford . This statue is not only a tribute to the late Queen and her many contributions to Canada and Ontario, but also a representation of our traditions, our values and our democracy. »

The statue commemorates the lifelong service of Queen Elizabeth II and her contributions to Ontario’s history and heritage. It also opens the door to new learning opportunities for Ontarians and visitors to the Legislative Assembly today and for generations to come.

“For more than 70 years, the late Queen Elizabeth II played an important role in affirming our national character and in the flourishing of civic life in Canada, putting duty and service ahead of her own interests. In times of great change and uncertainty, it has always been a source of strength and stability, said the Honorable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. I hope this statue will encourage all who pass by to remember the remarkable life of service led by Her Majesty and to think about how the values she stood for can help us build the future we want. »

“Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was a determined leader who advocated for the fundamental rights of individuals, freedom and self-governance,” said Paul Calandra, Minister of Legislative Affairs. Today we pay tribute to Her Majesty’s service as the longest-serving head of state and her importance in Canadian history. »

The statue was designed and hand-carved by renowned Canadian sculptor and artist Ruth Abernethy, and cast by Mississauga-based art foundry MST Bronze Limited. She represented Queen Elizabeth II in 1977 on the throne of the Canadian Senate, where she delivered a speech on Canadian unity.

This article is originally published on news.ontario.ca

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