Queen’s Funeral: Some Canadians must watch with sadness; others will skip it – National

For some Canadians, the Queen’s funeral on Monday will spark grief and personal memories, but for others it’s a distant event they’ll want to miss.

David Edwards, the Anglican Bishop of Fredericton, says his mother was born the same year as Queen Elizabeth and died about five months before her, linking changes in his family life to the historic end of a 70-year reign.

“Important figures in our lives, when they die, they leave a void … a hole in our lives,” he said in an interview earlier this week.

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Edwards says he will follow the funeral with a sense of gratitude for the monarch’s life and will likely remember his meeting with her in 1998 when he was part of a church group invited to the palace.

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“I don’t know any other monarch. It’s a sad day,” he said. “She has clearly fulfilled her role and her promise to fulfill her duty as Queen. In a lot of ways, she was sort of fired.”

As bishop, he expects Church of England funeral liturgy to be straightforward, but the service will also mark a symbolic change in leadership of the Church as King Charles has assumed the role of Supreme Governor.

Edwards said he sees burial as a healthy exercise for Canadians, who often tend to avoid death and grief. “It gives people permission to grieve in their own lives… We need the whole of society to learn how to grieve better,” he said.

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Maggie Archibald, 28, a Halifax resident who works for a high-tech industry association, says she will get up before breakfast to watch the event and she will also remember meeting the Queen.

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Their encounter took place three years ago after she and her sister were chosen to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace. “She was perceptive and witty throughout our four-minute conversation,” Archibald said of the Queen.

“That’s how I will remember them and be able to mourn along with many others who will stand up and watch.”

The Queen’s coffin was brought to Edinburgh from Scotland’s Balmoral Castle on September 11 and flown to London on Tuesday. The funeral will take place in Westminster Abbey on Monday at 11 a.m. local time in London.

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But while some Canadians plan their day around the event, many others have no intention of watching and the day will be like any other.

William Wright, a 20-year-old filmmaker from Charlottetown, said in an interview that he doesn’t dislike the queen or the monarchy, but he’s not drawn to the funeral rite that will unfold.

“I just don’t feel a strong connection to it,” he said. “It’s not an important part of my life.”

A poll conducted last week suggests that while many Canadians plan to see the funeral, the vast majority are not personally affected by the Queen’s death and do not feel attached to the monarchy.

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The Leger and Association of Canadian Studies poll found that 77 percent of respondents said they had no affiliation with the British monarchy. This compares with 19 percent who did and 4 percent who didn’t know or chose not to answer.

The results are based on an online survey of 1,565 Canadians between September 9th and 11th. No margin of error can be attributed to them because web-based surveys are not considered random samples.

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Jamie Bradley, the Atlantic director of Citizens for a Canadian Republic, says while the Queen’s death saddens him, the funeral is an event for another nation that he will skip.

The 61-year-old Baker, who lives in Halifax, said: “I’m not that interested in what a foreign monarch’s funeral will be like. She was the Canadian Queen, but the pomp and circumstance will be inspired by the UK, which Canada hardly reflects.”

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David Johnson, a political science professor at Cape Breton University who wrote a book titled Battle Royal: Monarchists vs. Republicans and the Crown of Canada, said the funeral was still a historic moment he wanted to watch.

The professor said he would watch the ceremony. “How often do we see the funeral of a deceased monarch? It’s a piece of history. It’s an opportunity to show respect for the person, the monarch, who has passed,” he said.

He expects a mixture of sadness and gratitude for her life. “She is arguably the greatest British and Canadian monarch that has ever lived,” he said.

— With files from the Canadian Press’ Hina Alam in Fredericton.

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