We have all been watching the Queen’s visit to Canada on television this past week. I have been particularly interested to see the Canadian reaction to the Sovereign as we move into another century. Actually, I was thrilled to hear that over 700,000 people lined the streets of Ottawa to see the Queen as she passed in her carriage. I have been considering what I would say about all this–it is really quite amazing. I think it is fair to say that no other individual world-wide would have drawn such crowds. It is interesting to ponder the reasons for this enthusiasm.
Today is the 4th of July, 2010–an important date in the histories of both the United States and Great Britain. This early morning, an EDMONTON SUN columnist LARRY CRONIES wrote and published the following article which I think says it all. This article does not talk about the Queen’s mystique or her jewels or her palaces or her fabulous art collection or her family. Rather, the article presents a sensible evaluation of the Queen’s performance as Head of State.
This is a very sensible article.