Red Deer’s mayor is offering congratulations to mark the coronation of the Commonwealth new monarch, King Charles III.
“This historic event, the first coronation of a Canadian Head of State and Monarch in seven decades, will allow communities to come together and highlight themes that both King Charles III and Canadians hold dear, including service, the environment and sustainability, and our nation’s diversity,” Mayor Ken Johnston said in a statement Saturday.
“Throughout his early naval career and later involvement with more than 400 organizations around the world, His Majesty King Charles III has demonstrated his dedication to public service.
“He has demonstrated a commitment to education, the environment, and the empowerment of young people and we have no doubt this will provide a strong foundation from which he will continue to work to advance the Commonwealth and its people.”
The office of Alberta’s premier also issued a statement on Saturday.
“Alberta is proud to congratulate Their Majesties on their coronation this day at Westminster Abbey in London, U.K., after the passing of Queen Elizabeth II, our beloved late Queen and the King’s cherished mother,” the statement said.
“The coronation is a triumph of optimism and hope, and a source of inspiration and pride for Albertans, Canadians and people around the world.
“Alberta has a long and lasting relationship with His Majesty since his first visit to our province as the Prince of Wales in 1977 when he commemorated Treaty 7 in a First Nations ceremony and attended the Calgary Stampede. He was here again in 1983 to open the Universiade games in Edmonton.”
The statement adds: “We wish His Majesty and Her Majesty every happiness and success. They will be a continuing source of inspiration for the people of Alberta and an example of a life devoted to public service.”