Sunday, May 27, 2012
The Toronto star has been all but gushing about Our Sovereign Lady's Diamond Jubilee. I am surprised and pleased The Queen is nothing if not a survivor. David Cameron is her 12th British prime minister, Stephen Harper her 11th in Canada. Politicians come and go but Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories Queen (as she is officially styled in this country), goes on and on. On and on now for 60 years and counting, as the celebrations surrounding her Diamond Jubilee remind us. Next weekend will mark the culmination of those festivities, with the lighting of thousands of Jubilee beacons and a massive flotilla of boats, among them a Canadian canoe, proceeding down the River Thames. The Queen, of course, has done much more than survive. Six decades into a reign that shows every sign of going on for years to come, she and the institution she embodies have seldom been more popular. In Canada, a new poll carried out for the Canadian Press shows most people want our ties with the monarchy to continue. More importantly, support for the monarchy in this country is six percentage points higher than it was in 2009.