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Canadians mourning the death of Queen Elizabeth II can pay tribute to her in a book of condolences at Rideau Hall starting Friday, while an online version has been available since last night.
The public can share condolence messages online on the City of Ottawa's website. There will be two books of condolences located inside Ottawa City Hall beginning Friday, Sept. 9. 
The City of Ottawa is also lowering flags at all City sites and the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill to half-mast where they will remain until sunset on the day of her funeral, along with other commemorations to mark the Queen's passing. 
In the Valley, the Town of Arnprior will be lowering their flags at half-mast until the end of the mourning period as well as The Town of Perth, where flags will be lowered to half-mast in the coming days. 
Political leaders from across the country expressed their condolences Thursday, praising the Queen’s service and sense of duty over the seven decades of her reign.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the monarch was one of his favourite people in the world, describing her as “thoughtful, wise, curious, helpful and funny” in a brief statement to reporters in Vancouver.
Royal watchers and others also voiced their grief at the Queen’s passing, with many calling it the “end of an era.”
Robert Finch, the chairman of the Monarchist League of Canada, said Thursday that Canadians will process the loss at their own pace as commemorations are held across the Commonwealth in coming days.
Some people left flowers on the steps of the British High Commission in downtown Ottawa on Thursday.
Protocol calls for 10 days of mourning following the Queen’s death. A funeral date is expected to be announced soon, which governors general and Commonwealth prime ministers are expected to attend in London.
With files from CityNews Ottawa 
This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 9, 2022.
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