Sixty years ago today, Princess Elizabeth ascended to the throne becoming Queen of England and of all nations in the British Commonwealth after the death of her father, King George VI.
Today, Queen Elizabeth II has reigned longer than any other British monarch save for Queen Victoria who sat on the throne for 64 years. During that time, there have been twelve British Prime Ministers and twelve U.S. Presidents (hopefully soon to be thirteen.) I attribute her longevity to the fact that the Royal Protection Service have managed to keep Reggie Jackson away from her.
Of course, Queen Elizabeth II reigns over Canada and has made many visits to my home and native land. Perhaps her most memorable visit took place in 1973 when she set foot in my hometown of Thunder Bay, Ontario. It was there that she met the acquaintance of our Mayor Walter Assef who, well, “made news when photographs appeared to show him exercising a certain familiarity with Queen Elizabeth.” To be precise, Mr. Assef’s familiarity was focused upon a certain part of the Queen’s anatomy. Well, let’s just say she hasn’t been back to Thunder Bay since.
I realize there was a Revolutionary War because we didn’t want a monarchy but since Britain has been a long standing ally of the United States I think people in this country generally respect Queen Elizabeth II because of her steadiness. At 85, she is still going strong and I wish her best for years to come.