As people across the country come to terms with what has happened, the head of the Commonwealth is speaking out. After the Nova Scotia shooting, the Queen sent her condolences to people who lost loved ones as a result of the tragic events. She also said her thoughts and prayers are with the province and all Canadians after the "appalling" shooting.

On April 21, a statement by Queen Elizabeth II was posted to The Royal Family's social media about the events that unfolded in Nova Scotia over the weekend.

"Prince Phillip and I have been deeply saddened by the appalling events in Nova Scotia, and we send out condolences to the families, friends and colleagues of those who have lost their lives," she said.

Her Majesty then went on to pay tribute to the RCMP and other police services who "selflessly responded to these devastating attacks."

She also thanked the emergency services that are now supporting people who have been injured and affected by the shooting.

"My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Nova Scotia and all Canadians at this tragic time," she said.

The sombre statement came on the Queen's birthday, which is typically a joyous occasion. The monarch is turning 94 years old.*

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also addressed the shooting in a statement on April 19 and called it "senseless violence."

A day later, he spoke during his daily press conference about what had transpired 

"This happened in small towns. Portapique, Truro, Milford, and Enfield are places where people have deep roots, places where people know their neighbours and look out for one another," he said.

The Prime Minister also paid tribute to Cst. Heidi Stevenson who lost her life while responding to the active shooter incident.

"She was answering the call of duty, something she had done every day when she went to work for 23 years," Trudeau said.

Police searched for the suspect for about 12 hours on April 18 through to the next day before he was killed.

This is the deadliest mass shooting in Canadian history.

During the federal election, some of the campaign promises of the Liberals were around guns in Canada.

Trudeau said that his government has every intention of moving forward with banning assault weapons and having stricter gun control.

Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said on Twitter that "it's okay to feel sad, or angry, or hopeless. But what's not okay is to bear all of those feelings alone."

If you need support, the province's crisis line is available 24/7 at 1-888-429-8167.

*Editor's note: This story has been updated.

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