The Queen has just finished a tour of Canada. Not that you would know from the lack of coverage on UK television news. Accompanied by Prince Philip the Queen completed a busy schedule of engagements meeting people from all backgrounds and circumstances in one of the most loyal of her realms. Canada again showed its devotion to the monarch with enthusiastic crowds seeking an opportunity to see or even meet their Queen.
Have a look at some photos of the Queen’s tour of Canada here.
At the end of her time in Canada the Queen moved south into the USA which gave her a more muted reception. She addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations, which has 16 nations of which she is Head of State and many others in the Commonwealth which recognise her as that organisation’s head. The local British community turned out to see her unveil a memorial to the British victims of the 9/11 atrocity at the site of the World Trade Centre.
Undoubtedly Queen Elizabeth remains an enormous asset to the UK and Canada with a recognition factor greater than any mere politician. Her 58 years on the throne also ensure a depth of experience that means that she has met most world leaders predecessors and many incumbents before them!
I very much hope that she remains our monarch for many years to come, as well as Queen of Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Jamaica, Antigua & Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Grenada, Belize, St Kitts & Nevis, St Lucia, Solomon Is, Tuvalu, St Vincent & the Grenadines, and Papua New Guinea.