New Brunswick officials are expressing their condolences at the passing of Queen Elizabeth II.
Her Majesty died on Thursday at Balmoral Castle in Scotland. She was 96.
Premier Blaine Higgs said in a statement that he was saddened to learn of the Queen’s passing and extended “most sincere condolences” to King George III and the Royal Family.
Higgs said during the Queen’s 70-year reign, Canadians welcomed her into their hearts, adding that New Brunswickers held her in high regard during visits to the province, forging a lasting relationship.
“She was a symbol of strength and resolve, a guiding light in turbulent times, and a figure of stability,” said Higgs in the statement.
“Her reign was marked by incredible change, periods of prosperity and adversity, of peace and war – and throughout, she exuded grace while remaining a symbol of unity.”
Lt.-Gov. Brenda Murphy also offered heartfelt condolences to His Majesty the King and the entire Royal Family.
She said messages of sympathy demonstrate the profound respect, admiration and appreciation for the Queen’s lifetime of public service.
“Those who had the opportunity to meet her often mention her magnetic personality and unique ability to make everyone feel at ease in her presence,” said Murphy.
“Throughout her eventful reign … the Queen’s calming influence has served as a guiding light, not only for New Brunswickers and Canadians but for all citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations.”
Higgs said beginning on Friday, books of condolence will be available for the public to sign at Government House and at the Legislative Assembly of New Brunswick between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.