Quebecers share their stories and memories of Queen Elizabeth


The monarch has visited Quebec 10 times over decades of royal visits. We asked you to share your memories of the Queen. Here is what you told us.

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Queen Elizabeth died a week ago at age 96.

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The monarch has visited Quebec 10 times over decades of royal visits. We asked you to share your memories of the Queen. Here is what you told us:

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To share your memories, please comment below or email us at [email protected]


The Queen’s passing reminds me that I’m not just a baby boomer; I’m a coronation baby, born in 1953. And my first school was Coronation Elementary. Each school day started with us singing God Save the Queen as part of the opening exercises.

The other British institution that marked and transformed my childhood was the Beatles. But I have to challenge their song Her Majesty. When they sing “she changes from day to day”, it’s not true. She represented stability when everything around her was changing.

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May God rest the queen.

—Howard Greenfield, Montreal


There were many who were not supporters of the monarchy, but ironically there were many who admired Queen Elizabeth. The monarchy could easily be questioned, but not the Queen’s sense of duty and public service. There were really two monarchies: the institution of the monarchy itself and Queen Elizabeth herself.

—Douglas Cornish, Ottawa


Abby Budgeon ate cupcakes outside the palace on the birthday she shared with Elizabeth II: one for her, one for the Queen.
Abby Budgeon ate cupcakes outside the palace on the birthday she shared with Elizabeth II: one for her, one for the Queen. Courtesy of Abby Budgeon

I lived in England for a year after college, and my decision to do so was because of my obsession with the royal family. I was lucky to be born on the same day as the queen (April 21). On our anniversary, I ate cupcakes outside Buckingham Palace, one for me and one for her. Many years I sent her a birthday card and always received a card or letter from her ladies-in-waiting, thanking me for my kind words.

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That year I had the opportunity to see the parade of colors to celebrate his royal birthday. I returned to Canada 10 days after the ceremony, but had the chance to take a picture of the whole family, including the Queen.

The only other time I had the chance to see the queen was in London on a random night. I was walking to the subway after work (I worked at Lululemon on Regent St.) and a group of police came out of nowhere and closed the crosswalk. The next thing you know, the whole procession passed and there was the Queen, at 10 p.m. in her car, brought back from the theater. She was only five feet from me.

I will always remember the Queen as an unwavering and gracious leader and someone who kept her words and the promise she made when she was 21 years old.

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Thank you for letting me share my memories of a glorious queen.

Abby Budgeon, Montreal


Marilyn Domleo meets the Queen during a State visit to Quebec.
Marilyn Domleo meets the Queen during a State visit to Quebec. Courtesy of Marilyn Domleo

I worked at Prime Minister Robert Bourassa’s residence from 1982 to 1996. During the Queen’s official visit to Quebec, there was a State dinner in the Red Room of the National Assembly. It was agreed that I would have a private audience with her and Prince Phillip before we all entered dinner.

What a great honor and privilege, especially as he grew up in various orphanages in England. It is the memory of a lifetime.

Marilynn Domleo


In October 1951, Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip arrived in Canada for their first trip to our country. They had a huge reception in Montreal, then went on vacation to the Laurentians, north of Montreal.

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There, I remember that they went to a religious service in Ste-Agathe-des-Monts, at Trinity Anglican Church, the oldest Anglican church in the region. I was then six years old and I lived in Ste-Agathe, my “ancestral” home. And, as fate would have it, I was in the crowd outside the church that day, standing with my mother by the wayside, as the prince and princess walked past us to enter. in the building. It was a snowy day, and I remember it vividly in my head.

How interesting it is to recall that childhood experience on that memorable day of the passing of arguably the greatest royal of our time.

Ted Paul


There were many who were not supporters of the monarchy, but there were many who admired Queen Elizabeth. The monarchy could easily be questioned, but not the Queen’s sense of duty and public service. There were really two monarchies: the institution of the monarchy itself and Queen Elizabeth herself.

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Douglas Cornish, Ottawa


We received this letter from Clarence House after sending a lovely pair of baby socks to Princess Anne. Anne was born on August 15, 1950. The letter arrived on September 5, 1950.

Dear Denise,
Princess Elizabeth has asked me to write to you and thank you for the lovely apir of baby socks you sent for Princess Anne. His Royal Highness is very pleased to accept them, and thinks it very kind of you to send them for his daughter. The Princess asks me to express her warmest thanks to you.
Cordially, [signature]bridesmaid

Giovanni Santo Costello and Denyse Brière, St-Basile-le-Grand

294, condo 38, Rang Des Vingt,
St – Basile – Le – Grand, Que,
J3N 0A8.

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