I can’t believe that in 1952, the year I was born, Queen Elizabeth II had her coronation and became the Queen of England! She has put her country first and has upheld her oath for 70 years. She is the longest reigning monarch in history.
I, like many Canadians, have parents and grandparents that immigrated from England and still feel that special bond with the United Kingdom as a commonwealth country.
I admire the Queen in so many ways.
Despite the many personal tragedies and tough decisions that she has had to make as a monarch, she remains a pillar of strength and support for her country. She always provides a calm and positive message to her people and I’m thrilled to see her get the accolades, pomp and ceremony that she deserves.
I watched the trooping of the colours on television for her diamond jubilee with tears in my eyes, as I was overwhelmed with emotion for the outpouring of love for her Majesty. The balcony scene was a once-in-a-lifetime thrill with the next three generation of future kings at her side as everyone watched the planes fly overhead.
I’m sure she is missing her rock, Prince Philip, on this momentous occasion but she carries on with grace, poise and a smile on her face.
When I was a child, my parents took me to Jackson Park in Windsor to get a glimpse of the Queen and when she visited Toronto, I was honoured to see her and Prince Philip in their motorcade.
I love the Royal Family and have had the privilege of receiving two thank-you cards from the Queen. They were in response to the personal messages I sent to her at Buckingham Palace on the occasion of her 60th and 70th anniversaries of her ascension to the Throne.
God save our Queen and may she continue to have many more happy and healthy years!