Yukon Premier Silver tells of 'deep sadness' at Queen's death, describing 1959 visit

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WHITEHORSE — Yukon Premier Sandy Silver has expressed his "deep sadness" at the death of Queen Elizabeth, writing of the territory's excitement at the young monarch's visit to Whitehorse more than 60 years ago.

He said in a statement that the Queen's 1959 visit with her husband, Prince Philip, had been a "special moment" for many Yukoners.

Silver said Yukon residents can pass on their sympathies to the Royal Family by signing a condolence book at the Office of the Commissioner of Yukon in the capital, with an online version also available.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, residents are encouraged to volunteer or donate to local charities.

A newsreel account of the Queen's Yukon tour showed visits to historic gold rush sites, but parts of the tour were cancelled due to "overstrain," the British Pathé film and news service reported.

The Queen was pregnant with Prince Andrew at the time.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Sept. 8, 2022.

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