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Burnaby South MP, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh offers condolences after death of Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II assumed the throne in 1952 at the age of 25 after her father's death. Her son, Charles, is now King Charles III.
Burnaby South MP and federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh (left) and Queen Elizabeth II, on a Victoria visit in 2002.

Burnaby South MP and NDP leader Jagmeet Singh offered his thoughts and condolences to the Royal Family after the sudden passing of Queen Elizabeth II. 

"Queen Elizabeth II lived a life of history and duty," he said in a social media post. 

"She was also a mother, grandmother and great grandmother. My thoughts today are for her family who have lost a pillar of strength in their lives." 

New Westminster-Burnaby MP Peter Julian also responded do the news in adding his "deepest condolences to the royal family."

Queen Elizabeth II assumed the throne in 1952 at the age of 25 after her father's death. She died Thursday (Sept. 8) at the age of 96. 

The Queen had increasingly handed over duties to Charles and other members of the Royal Family in recent months as she recovered from a bout of COVID-19, began using a cane and struggled to get around.

Prince Charles, who will now be known as King Charles III, along with his wife, Camilla, and sister, Princess Anne, were with the Queen at Balmoral Castle, her summer residence in Scotland after her doctors had said they were concerned about her health. Other members of the royal family, including Charles' sons, Princes William and Harry, were said to be en route.

In 2002, Elizabeth marked her Golden Jubilee, becoming only the fifth British monarch to reign for 50 years.

She matched another historical milestone in 2012 by becoming the second monarch to celebrate a diamond jubilee, and made history alone in 2015 when she succeeded her great-great-grandmother Queen Victoria as the longest-reigning monarch in British history.

Earlier this year, she became the first monarch to celebrate a platinum jubilee, marking 70 years on the throne.

- with files from The Canadian Press