Since her accession in February 1952 Elizabeth II has been Head of the Commonwealth and Queen of the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. She has visited Canada 24 times, is very popular here, and it’s hoped she’ll come again for Canada’s 150th birthday celebration in 2017. <PHOTO ABOVE – Ron Poling, The Canadian Press>
<Coronation crown decorates a department store, TORONTO, 1952>
<Her Majesty signs Canada’s Constitutional Proclamation on April 17, 1982 as Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau looks on. Canadian Press Photo>
<Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and The Queen, London, November/2015>
She speaks fluent French, has received many horses from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a couple of beaver as a gift, has a personalized Canadian flag, made the first long-distance call on Canada’s Trans-Atlantic cable telephone system in 1961, dropped the puck at an NHL hockey game, and has traveled to all parts of the country.
<Wearing 3-D glasses while visiting Pinewood Studios in TORONTO in 2010. PHOTO – Dominic Chan/W>
<Perusing her hat closet in “Decisions-Decisions”/2013 by TORONTO artist Charles Pachter>
<The Queen with her great-grandchildren. From left to right: James, Viscount Severn and Lady Louise, Mia Tindall with handbag, Princess Charlotte sitting on the Queen’s lap, Savannah Phillips, Prince George and Isla Phillips. PHOTO – Annie Leibovitz/Getty Images>