Today is the 1st of August in the year 2012, more than 60 years since Queen Elizabeth II was proclaimed sovereign of each of the Commonwealth realms on 6 and 7 February 1952, after the death of her father, King George VI, in the night between 5 February and 6 February, and while the Princess was in Kenya.
The Queen’s Privy Council for Canada issued the first proclamation of the Queen’s accession. Since her accession to the Throne in 1952, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth has made 22 official Royal visits to Canada, usually accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, and sometimes by her children Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew and Prince Edward. Queen Elizabeth has visited every province and territory in Canada.
She is said to love dogs and horses. She is shy and given to routine. She would have rather not been crowned Queen and spent her life in the country. But very little more is known about her. She never grants interviews, and apart from her annual Christmas message, she rarely speaks to her subjects. You might say that her role is simply to be seen and not heard. So why then, is she so thoroughly and adamantly reticent at the thought of abdicating her throne in favour of her quickly aging son, Prince Charles?
Queen Elizabeth II: The accidental queen
Queen Elizabeth II is the largest landowner in the world. Though, it is thought by many that she is just a front for the real owners. Admittedly, she is merely a figure-head as the monarchy doesn’t involve itself in the political affairs of any country of which it is sovereign. But as we will see, not only is the queen just a symbol for the real powers that be, but the person playing the role of the queen is a well-known and famous actress…
In 1951, a year before she took on the role of Queen Elizabeth II, Betty White was nominated for an Emmy award for Best Actress. And then it wasn’t until more than 20 years later and three marriages later that she won the first of several awards for her acting work on TV shows. Clearly, she deserves an Academy award for her portrayal of the queen, does she not? Betty did not produce any children of her own but does serve as a step-mother. She loves animals also. Betty White is 90 years old while the official age of the Queen of the British Commonwealth is 86.