On 6 February 1952 Elizabeth II became sovereign, and in 1953 the Canadian Royal Style and Titles Act officially entitled her Queen of Canada. Her full title is "Elizabeth II, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom, Canada, and Her other Realms and Territories Queen, Head of the Commonwealth, Defender of the Faith." In 1957 she was the first sovereign to open the Canadian Parliament. She opened Parliament again for her Silver Jubilee in 1977, and on 17 April 1982 she proclaimed the Canadian CONSTITUTION. February 2002 marked the 50th anniversary of the Queen's accession to the Throne. Only four earlier monarchs have achieved the Golden Jubilee milestone. In the course of her fifty-year reign, she has undertaken more official duties and met more of her subjects than any of her predecessors.
Author JACQUES MONET, S.J.
Links to Other Sites
Constitutional Acts 1867 to 1982
The complete texts of the Constitutional Acts 1867 to 1982. From the Department of Justice Canada.
Explore this extensive collection of historical photographs depicting royal tours in Canada. Part of the "CN Images of Canada Gallery" at the website for the Canada Science and Technology Museum.
Monarchy in Canada
This website describes the components of Canada's constitutional monarchy, including the role of Queen Elizabeth II as Queen of Canada and Canada's Head of State. Click on the links for more information on related topics. From Canadian Heritage.
Governor General of Canada
The official website for the Governor General of Canada features biographies of current and former Governors General, a summary of official duties, and more.
The British Monarchy
The official website of the British Monarchy. Features an extensive history of the Royal Family and a brief description of the duties of The Queen within Canada's system of constitutional monarchy. A good source for photos and videos depicting recent activities and events.
Order of Merit
A description of the "Order of Merit," a special honour awarded to individuals of great achievement in the fields of the arts, learning, literature, and science. From the official website of the British Monarchy.
The website for the Royal Collection, which includes works of art, jewellery, books, manuscripts, prints and maps, arms and armour, fans, and textiles on public display at royal residences and other institutions around the world.