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City and Province unveil plans for Monday memorial for Queen

The City of Calgary announced that services will be continuing as normal on Monday for Calgarians, as the National Day of Mourning is held for Queen Elizabeth II.

The city will be providing Calgarians an opportunity to view the Canadian commemorative ceremony starting at 9 a.m. in the Municipal Complex atrium.

The national ceremony is taking place at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa. The national commemoration will end with a flyby of the cathedral by Canadian Air Force CF-18 jets.

The State Funeral for the Queen is being held at Westminster Abbey in the United Kingdom, at 11 a.m. British Standard Time. Broadcast coverage for the funeral will begin at 3 a.m. in Calgary.

City Hall will also be ringing its historic bell 70 times beginning at noon, in commemoration of the 70 years the Queen served as the head of state for Canada.

“Any places of worship or buildings that have bells or carillons are welcome to join The City in marking this occasion,” said the City of Calgary.

The Government of Alberta will be holding its own ceremony at the Alberta Legislature Grounds starting at 10 a.m. in Edmonton.

The province has asked that donations to Canadian charities championed by the Queen, such as the Canadian Red Cross or Canadian Cancer Society, be made in lieu of flowers.

Alberta Federal Building to be renamed

Alberta will be renaming the Federal Building in Edmonton on Sept. 27 to the Queen Elizabeth II Building.

The province said that the renaming was originally planned to take place as a recognition of the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.

“This is a meaningful way for our province to celebrate the extraordinary reign of Queen Elizabeth II, and to ensure that Her late Majesty’s legacy of dedicated service and citizenship continues to inspire generations of Albertans to come,” said Alberta’s Lieutenant Governor Salma Lakhani.

The renaming of the building follows the earlier renaming of rooms on the 10th floor after members of the Royal Family.

“It is therefore fitting to extend that gesture by naming this beautiful and historic building after the Queen herself.” said Premier Jason Kenney.

“May generations of future legislators and public servants who work for Albertans in the Federal Building be reminded of and inspired by her noble example of public service as an integral part of our constitutional monarchy and parliamentary democracy.”

The renaming received permission from Buckingham Palace in August prior to the Queen’s death.