Issue 606 Volume 3 Number 106

The Ottawan



Rosemary Gilliat Eaton. Library and Archives Canada, e010950497

Queen Elizabeth, with Mayor George Nelms, on her first tour of Ottawa, 1957. 

As you are no doubt aware, Elizabeth, Queen of Canada, passed away this morning. Like the majority of our readers, we've never experienced a change in monarch before. So today, we're skipping our regular newsletter and will get back to it tomorrow.


Governor General Mary Simon released this statement on Twitter:


New Edinburgh resident Prime Minister Justin Trudeau released this statement:

Premier Doug Ford released this statement

Mayor Jim Watson has ordered all City flags to be lowered to half-mastuntil sunset of her funeral.

The Prince of Wales, Charles, is the new King of Canada. He has chosen King Charles III as his regnal name. 


We'll see you tomorrow – Martha and Darren

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Weather: ☀️ Mainly sunny. High of 26°, low of 12°.   

Number: 22. The numbers times that Queen Elizabeth visited Ottawa. [CTV]

Ottaswans of the Day: Two white mute swans, the descendants of a pair given to Ottawa in 1967. The City officially ended the Royal Swan programme in 2019 but two still swim the Rideau. [Historical Society of Ottawa]

Quote: ‘Without her, neither you nor your siblings would be here’ – Martha's mum, speaking to Martha about Queen Elizabeth II. In 1953, Martha's mum travelled by ocean liner to London, to attend Queen Elizabeth's Coronation. On the return voyage, she met Martha's dad, and they embarked on a long life together in Montréal, Caracas, and for many years, Ottawa. 

Sports: There is a statue of Elizabeth riding her horse Centenial in front of Rideau Hall. 

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