Queen Elizabeth II is in Canada this week on her twenty-second official visit. She is Head of State in sixteen countries including Canada and is a popular figure here, always receiving a royal welcome. (Is that a pun? Sorry, I didn’t intend it to be.)
There are some who question the value of maintaining the monarchy as a ceremonial role in Canada, but I’m not one of them. In 1953, a Canadian law, the Royal Style and Titles Act, formally conferred upon her the title of Queen of Canada. At 84 she’s still a remarkable woman and I’m glad she’s able to be here to celebrate Canada Day 2010 in Ottawa.
The Canadian Press reported “she came to the throne on February 6, 1952, at age 25, following the death of her father, King George VI. During her reign, she has dealt with eleven British prime ministers, starting with Sir Winston Churchill. She has also dealt with eleven Canadian prime ministers, beginning with Louis St-Laurent.” Wow!
Happy Canada Day, everyone!