Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II was born on April 21, 1926. Her Majesty was the first child of King George VI (The Duke of York) and Queen Elizabeth.
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Queen of Canada. She has dedicated her life to public service and continues to serve Canada and Canadians. On her 21st birthday (April 21, 1947), she addressed the Commonwealth and dedicated her life "whether it be long or short" to the service of others. Ever since, she has been steadfast in keeping her promise — a promise valued by Canada and the entire Commonwealth.
Early life and education
Princess Elizabeth was educated at home with her younger sister, the late Princess Margaret. During that time, the future queen learned French, which she speaks fluently.
Princess Elizabeth gave her first radio address at age 14 as bombs dropped on London during the Second World War, in which she served.
Marriage and family
On November 20, 1947, Princess Elizabeth married Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten, now His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh. They have four children:
Elizabeth becomes Queen
After her father's death, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II was crowned in Westminster Abbey on June 2, 1953. Canadian guests at the coronation included the Prime Minister, Louis St. Laurent, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario Louis Breithaupt and his premier, Leslie Frost, as well as Premier of Saskatchewan Tommy Douglas, Quebec Cabinet ministers Onésime Gagnon and John Samuel Bourque, Mayor of Toronto Allan A. Lamport, and Chief of the Squamish Nation Joe Mathias.
Charitable work and military appointments
The Queen of Canada continues to champion public and voluntary service around the world. Her Majesty is patron of more than 600 charities and organizations, of which 36 are in Canada. These include the Canadian Cancer Society and the Canadian Nurses Association. This sense of service has been transmitted to all members of the Royal Family.
The Queen continues to highlight the critical role of the Canadian Forces by serving as Colonel-in-Chief, Captain General and Air Commodore-in-Chief of the following units across Canada:
- Royal Canadian Air Force
- Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada
- The Calgary Highlanders
- Canadian Military Engineers
- The Canadian Grenadier Guards
- Governor General's Foot Guards
- Governor General's Horse Guards
- The King's Own Calgary Regiment
- Le Régiment de la Chaudière
- The Royal New Brunswick Regiment
- The Royal Regiment of Canadian Artillery
- Royal 22e Régiment
- 48th Highlanders of Canada
- The Canadian Armed Forces Legal Branch
- The Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry Highlanders
- The North Shore (New Brunswick) Regiment
- The Canadian Forces School of Military Engineering
In 2012, the Queen became Commissioner-in-Chief of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP). Her Majesty held the title of Honorary Commissioner since 1953.
Tours of Canada
The Queen (then Princess Elizabeth) and The Duke of Edinburgh first toured Canada in the fall of 1951. Since her accession to the Throne, Her Majesty has completed more royal tours in Canada than to any other Commonwealth country.
The Queen's 2010 tour marked her 22nd official tour of Canada as our Queen. The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh participated in many public events, including the Canada Day Noon Show on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on July 1 and participated in the celebrations of the centennial of the Royal Canadian Navy.
The year 2012 marked Her Majesty's Diamond Jubilee, her 60th anniversary as Queen of Canada.
In 2017, Her Majesty celebrated the 150th anniversary of Confederation as well as her Sapphire Jubilee, 65 years of service to Canada. At an event in Canada House, London, former Governor General David Johnston presented a Sapphire Jubilee Snowflake Brooch to Her Majesty, a gift of thanks from the people of Canada.
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