The Queen arrives at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Saturday, July 3, 2010. After attending church services on Sunday, the Queen, a well known horse-racing enthusiast, is to attend the 151st annual running of the Queen's Plate. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press,Adrien Veczan)
Her Majesty the Queen and all her loyal subjects are no doubt in a celebratory mood today (Feb. 6, 2012).
It was on this day 60 years ago that Queen Elizabeth II accepted the awesome duty of reigning as sovereign over the United Kingdom and multiple other Commonwealth realms, including Canada.
While the 60th anniversary of her coronation is not until June 2, 2013, today is definitely an incredibly momentous occasion for the Queen of Canada. This is a milestone for the second longest serving sovereign for the British Monarchy (the ‘longest-reigning’ title belonging to Queen Victoria).
The Diamond Jubilee is a grand occurrence, and a time for Moose Javians to celebrate — or at least recognize — the institutions that are part of the fabric of what it is to be Canadian. Canada’s link to the Monarchy is a reminder to the culture from which this country grew, as well as constant and current symbol of governance.
However, aside from merely recognizing the intended value and promise of a constitutional monarchy in Canada, today is a time to acknowledge six decades of service the Queen has provided those nations that recognize her as the head of state.
And these nations are many, including Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Belize, St. Christopher and Nevis, St. Lucia, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, as well as Papua New Guinea.
While it is true some of these nations, including Canada, have segments of the population that would favour alternatives to the Monarchy, and while it is also true the notion of a Canadian republic is one that enjoys a certain degree of popularity, nonetheless on this day all Canadians could take a moment to recognize the incredible sacrifice and good works of a woman who took to the throne at the tender age of 25.
Regardless of the role the Monarchy will or will not play in the future story of Canada, the fact is at this point in history it is an important institution and part of this great country, and the head of that institution (and this country) is celebrating 60 years on the throne.
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