FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following statement was issued today by Lt.-Gov. Brenda Murphy:

Linda and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. On behalf of all New Brunswickers, we offer our heartfelt condolences to His Majesty the King and the entire Royal Family. Messages of sympathy are pouring in from all around the world, demonstrating the profound respect, admiration and appreciation for the Queen’s lifetime of public service.

Those who had the opportunity to meet her often mention her magnetic personality and unique ability to make everyone feel at ease in her presence. In her five visits to our province, the Queen made a lasting impression on many New Brunswickers.

Throughout her eventful reign, the longest of any British monarch, the Queen’s calming influence has served as a guiding light, not only for New Brunswickers and Canadians but for all citizens of the Commonwealth of Nations. Beyond her public duties, she was the matriarch of a large family, a beloved mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

We are truly grateful for her lifetime of leadership and exemplary public service. From her military service during the Second World War to her final public appearances, the Queen led by example. Her resilience, her steadfast dedication, and her unwavering sense of duty will continue to be a source of inspiration for all of us.