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It has been a few days since Queen Elizabeth II passed away at the age of 96.

On Monday, 11 days after her death, Saskatchewan and the world came together to say goodbye to the late British monarch for the last time.

Since Queen Elizabeth’s death on September 8, the people of Saskatchewan have taken steps to remember and honor her life.

Across from the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, flowers and souvenirs surround a statue of Queen Elizabeth and her beloved Burmese horse, given to her by the RCMP back in 1969.

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No doubt a fitting scene, given the columns of flower beds known as the Queen Elizabeth II gardens resting directly behind the statue as people pay their respects.

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“I just think she’s a great example of service and caring for people. I have always valued her as a role model,” the woman said on Monday afternoon in front of the statue.

“Last week I brought my youngest son here and said: “Actually, she will stay with us. She passed away, but she will always be in our hearts,” the man shared, looking at the statue of the queen and the garden behind.

Entries from the public fill condolence books located in Regina and Saskatoon.

The people were given the opportunity to express their condolences on Her Majesty’s death before the books were placed in the provincial archives.

The books were located in the Legislative Building at the Cumberland Gallery, Government House in Regina, and the Saskatoon and Regina City Halls. A virtual book of condolences was also made available on the website of the Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan.

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In downtown Regina, St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral will host a provincial memorial service on Monday evening, where people will gather to honor the memory of the late monarch on her memorial day.

“The most important thing for me is to be a gathering place here, so I’m proud that we can do it here,” said Reverend Mike Sinclair of St. Paul’s Anglican Cathedral.

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While the past few days have brought sadness, some are commemorating the occasion by mourning collectively and sharing personal memories, either at the memorial on Monday or in their own circles.

“Because one of the oldest churches in Regina, with strong English and Anglican roots, has been a place visited by members of the royal family for many years,” said Sinclair.

“As an Anglican leader, I’m just glad that we can be the place where she is sent in the rites of the church.”

The memorial service will take place at 7:00 pm and is open to the public on a first-come, first-served basis.

It will also be streamed live on St. Paul’s Facebook page.

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Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute at a ceremony in Ottawa

Queen Elizabeth II paid tribute at a ceremony in Ottawa

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