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Queen Elizabeth Sends Condolences to Family and Friends of Canada Mass Shooting Victims

Junie Sihlangu
Apr 23, 2020
06:20 A.M.
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Over the weekend, a mass shooting occurred in Nova Scotia, Canada. Queen Elizabeth II has since shared her condolences to those who were affected by the tragedy.

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On Tuesday, April 21, 2020, the Queen celebrated her 94th birthday, however, she also took some time to sympathize with Canada over a mass shooting that happened over the weekend. She released a press statement on her birthday on the Royal Family’s official social media pages.

The message was from her and her husband Prince Philip, 98. In the statement, the pair shared their condolences to the Governor-General and Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, Canada.

Queen Elizabeth II arrives before the Opening of the Flanders' Fields Memorial Garden on November 6, 2014, in London, England | Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Getty Images

Queen Elizabeth II arrives before the Opening of the Flanders' Fields Memorial Garden on November 6, 2014, in London, England | Photo: Stefan Wermuth/Getty Images

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Queen offers condolences for mass shooting

Over the weekend a mass shooting occurred where reports stated that 16 people were sadly killed, however, the number has been updated to 23. One of the people who died was a police officer and the gunman.

The statement read: “Prince Philip and I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Nova Scotia.” The monarch and Philip also sent their condolences “to the friends, friends and colleagues of those who have lost their lives.”

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Queen Elizabeth II pays tribute to police

The couple also paid tribute to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and “other police services” for their “bravery and sacrifice.” They also honored emergency services for attending to those affected.

The joint statement ended by stating: “My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nova Scotia and all Canadians at this tragic time.” The Queen’s statement was also issued in French, the second-most commonly spoken language in Canada.

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Gunman was chased by police

According to reports, the mass shooting is one of the deadliest ones to occur in the country. It all started in the small town of Portapique before authorities had to chase the gunman across the province.

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Canadian shooter identified

The killer then shot more victims and was later identified as Gabriel Wortman, 51. Canadian police said the rampage didn’t start off as a random act of violence but became more random as they progressed.

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Queen’s visit to Nova Scotia

In 2010, the Queen and the Philip visited Nova Scotia on their last official visit to the country. At the time the couple had the chance to celebrate the centenary of the Canadian Navy.

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Monarch celebrates birthday

The Royal Family social media account released some private home videos of the Queen to celebrate her birthday. The footage showed the monarch playing with her younger sister Princess Margaret.

Fans were given the opportunity to have a rare insight into the Queen’s family life as a young princess.

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