The Queen Released a Heartbreaking Letter on Her Birthday
She turns 94 today.
It's a very different birthday for Queen Elizabeth II this year. Because the world is facing a global pandemic, this year, there were no lavish festivities or pomp and circumstance surrounding the monarch's 94th birthday. Instead, there's social distancing, an air of unease, and, unfortunately, a shooting in Nova Scotia, Canada, over the weekend. Today, the queen issued a heartfelt letter offering condolences from herself and Prince Philip. The letter was addressed to the Governor General and Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia as well as the people of Canada.
People reports that the shooting was one of Canada's deadliest, ever, and started in a small town called Portapique, though it moved to other parts of the province as authorities attempted to apprehend the gunman. Elizabeth's letter commended the Canadian Mounted Police and other law-enforcement agencies for their service.
"Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Nova Scotia, and we send our condolences to the friends, friends, and colleagues of those who have lost their lives," The statement reads. "I also pay tribute to the bravery and sacrifice of the officers from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and other police services who selflessly responded to these devastating attacks, and to the emergency services who are supporting those who have been injured and affected."
The statement, which was also released in French, concluded, "My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nova Scotia and all Canadians at this tragic time."
The queen is currently isolating at Windsor Castle with Philip and requested that there be no gun salutes or cannon ceremonies to mark her birthday this year and People adds that this may be the very first time in her reign that these activities didn't occur.