The Cowichan Valley’s crier Ben Buss proclaimed the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the ascension of her son, King Charles III, to the thrown in Duncan’s Charles Hoey Park on Sept. 13.
Buss rang his bell in full town crier uniform and yelled to the lunch-time crowd in the park that Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, born on April 21, 1926, became Canada’s sovereign upon the death of her father, King George VI, on Feb. 6, 1952.
“She has reigned with the utmost grace and dignity and dedicated her life to the service of her people, and passed away on Sept. 6, 2022,” Buss said.
“She was descended from two millennia of British rulers that have contended with a turbulent history of monumental change. Beaker people, Romans, Angles, Saxons, Danes, Normans, Huguenots to name a few that have all melded into British society to its greater benefit. Britain, the birthplace of our liberal democracy, places our monarchy in the position of final arbiter and check before a parliamentary law can be passed.”
Buss said it’s the same throughout the Commonwealth of Nations over which the monarchy has great influence.
“We mourn Queen Elizabeth’s passing, but look forward to following her successor, King Charles III, who walks in her footsteps and has sworn to carry on her exemplary ways,” Buss concluded.