The 85-year-old Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, marked her Diamond Jubilee on Monday, Feb. 6. She thanked those who supported her during her 60-year reign and reaffirmed her dedication to serving the British people. The Queen ascended the throne when her father, George VI, died on this day in 1952.
I am writing to thank you for the wonderful support and encouragement that you have given to me and Prince Phillip over these years. In this special year, as I dedicate myself anew to your service, I hope that we will all be reminded of the power of togetherness and the convening strength of family, friendship and good neighbourliness, examples of which I have been fortunate to see throughout my reign.
The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated with a series of events at home and abroad throughout 2012. Her grandson Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, and his wife Catherine (a.k.a., Kate) will travel to several Commonwealth countries including Canada, Jamaica and Belize in honour of her 60-year reign. The Queen and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, will be touring the U.K. from March to July.
The 2012 Diamond Jubilee weekend will be held later this year from June 2-5.
I am no a monarchist by any stretch of the imagination. I do, however, have a great deal of respect for Queen Elizabeth and wish her long life and happiness. And I’ll reserve my criticism of the institution of the monarchy ‘till another time.
Long may she reign over us!