Queen Elizabeth II, Dead at 96

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Queen Elizabeth II has died. Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in London on April 21, 1926 and was the first child of Prince Albert and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon, the Duke and Duchess of York. At the time of her birth Elizabeth was third in line for the throne, but with the abdication of her uncle Edward VIII, Elizabeth’s father became King George VI and Elizabeth the presumptive heir.

With the death of her father King George VI in 1952, Elizabeth became Queen as well as head of the Church of England and the Commonwealth. As a constitutional monarch, she was the head of state but had no ability to make or pass legislation. Throughout her reign she held a weekly audience with the British prime minister and had the opportunity prior to her passing to invite another woman to form a government and fill the role of Prime Minister.

Although her life was largely in the public eye, Elizabeth managed to keep her personal views and much of her personal life, just that. That being said, when her people needed her, she was there for them. Following the model set by her father during the Second World War, when there was a tragedy she went and met with those impacted. In 2020, as the pandemic raged she offered a sense of calm strength and reassurance. Her sense of duty carried through all aspects of her life. On her 21st birthday she made the declaration which she remained true to for her entire life. “I declare before you all that my whole life, whether it be long or short, shall be devoted to your service and the service of our great imperial family to which we all belong.”

Her Majesty visited Canada more than 20 times during her reign.

Carol Baldwin, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Wakaw Recorder