Last week, the world practically stood when the news broke that Britain’s longest-reigning Monarch had passed away after 70 years on the throne. Now, as September 19th approaches, many of you may have questions about how the new holiday, which honours Queen Elizabeth II and marks her funeral, will affect Alberta.

As announced by Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau – a day of mourning will be acknowledged by Canadians. In turn, those who work within the federal government will get the day off – but the Wild Rose Province will not follow suit.

In a press release sent out on Wednesday afternoon, Premiere Jason Kenney announced that, while the province will commemorate Her Late Majesty’s long and influential life, Alberta will not recognize this upcoming Monday as a stat. 

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“Albertans, Canadians and the peoples of the Commonwealth will join together on this day in sorrow to mourn the death of Her late Majesty and to commemorate her long and faithful service,” Kenney said.

“I sincerely hope that Albertans find some time on this day to honour the remarkable life of Queen Elizabeth II and I strongly encourage employers and schools to appropriately mark this sombre and historic occasion.”

If you’d like to participate, a ceremony will be held at Alberta’s legislature buildings and online here, which will be led by a moment of silence at 10 am.

“As part of the day of mourning, all employers are encouraged to make accommodations for employees to either attend the ceremony at the legislature or otherwise mark the occasion of Her late Majesty’s funeral,” he continued.

As always, we will keep you updated as more information is released.

For more details on the upcoming ceremony, you can visit the website here, and if you’d like to send your condolences, you can do so here.