The flags at all City of Ottawa sites have been lowered to half-mast immediately and will remain at half-mast until sunset on the day of the funeral (date to be determined), in honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, who passed away on Thursday, September 8.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II participated in many Royal Tours since her reign began in 1952 and is the most traveled Monarch in the world. She made 22 official visits to Canada between 1957 and 2010 and journeyed from coast to coast to coast, having visited Ottawa 13 times. The longest reigning monarch in British and Commonwealth history, her absence will be felt significantly by all members of the Commonwealth. 

Books for Messages of Condolences will be available for residents to sign in Jean Pigott Place, Ottawa City Hall (open from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm from Monday to Friday) as of Friday, September 9 at 9:30 am until sunset on the day of the funeral or memorial service (date to be determined). Residents can also leave Messages of Condolences online at