Today, February 6th, 2022, marks the 70 Anniversary of Her Majesty’s ascension.
On February 6th, 1952, Her Majesty ascended the throne of seven independent countries – the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon. She would also become the Head of the Commonwealth, an association that now comprises of over 50 independent countries.
Over the years, some realms become republics, while others become independent countries with Her Majesty as their Head of State. As such, she is now Queen of 15 countries – Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, The Bahamas, Belize, Canada, Grenada, Jamaica, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, St Vincent and the Grenadines, Solomon Islands, Tuvalu, and The United Kingdom.
Her Majesty is now the longest-reigning British monarch, the longest-serving female head of state in history, the oldest living and longest-reigning current monarch, and the oldest and longest-serving incumbent head of state.
Her Majesty has seen the completion of the British Empire becoming the Commonwealth of Nations, a change that started under her father.
In Canada, Her Majesty celebrated the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway, Canada’s Centenary (1967), Canada’s 125th Birthday (1992), she opened the Montreal Olympics (1976), the proclamation of the Constitution (1982), amongst many other events. She is also the patron of 36 organizations in Canada alone.
Her Majesty’s full title in Canada is Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God of the United Kingdom, Canada and of Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith.
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