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Collective grief and respect felt at Queen Elizabeth II funeral

Dr. Timothy Foran, the curator of British North America at the Canadian Museum of History, said Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as one of the greatest sovereigns the United Kingdom and Commonwealth ever had. 
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As Queen Elizabeth II was laid to rest today at Windsor Castle's chapel, many were united in grief and respect as they remembered and honoured her long reign. 

Dr. Timothy Foran, the curator of British North America at the Canadian Museum of History, told The Sam Laprade Show on Sept.19 that he was deeply moved by the ceremony and that the Queen would've been proud to see her funeral come together and her family reunited.

He believes Queen Elizabeth II will be remembered as one of the best sovereigns the United Kingdom and Commonwealth ever had. 

"I'm remembering the late Queen as someone who was with us for 70 years of unswerving commitment to duty at the time of incredible and sometimes wrenching change for all of us across the Commonwealth," he said. "Her Majesty remained this source of constancy and continuity and support and comfort. I think for many of us, she will be deeply, deeply missed."

Foran added that although she was the Queen of England, she was also Canada's sovereign, and he was proud to see RCMP members leading the procession through London.

"Canada was well represented today, and that would have meant so much to her Majesty. The Commonwealth meant everything to her," he said. 

Steven Clark, national executive director for the Royal Canadian Legion, told The Sam Laprade Show that branches across the country held commemorative ceremonies today to remember the Queen's selfless service and extreme devotion, adding that the moment the crown, orb and sceptre were removed from her coffin and returned to the high altar felt like a final act, and the lowering of her coffin marked the end of her physical presence. 

"I would have to say that her spirit and her legacy will remain forever with us, for her Majesty did not make history. She was history, and she will be remembered eternally," Clark said. 

Listen to the full interview with Dr. Timothy Foran below:

Listen to the full interview with Steven Clark below:

 

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