As Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II embodies the Canadian state. She is the source of law, the principal guardian of the constitution, the
fount of honour, the focus of allegiance and the personification of
a life consecrated to service (Christopher Plummer, speaking on Parliament Hill, Canada Day, 2010). A biography of The Queen is available on the Canadian Heritage website here, and more information about her life and activities throughout the Commonwealth can be found on our links page. This article simply lists some of the significant events highlighting her continuous involvement with Canadians during her nearly-60-year reign as our Queen.
A complete record of The Queen’s Canadian homecomings together with much other information about our monarchy, including a list of organizations granted Royal Patronage and the designation
Royal, may be found at the Canadian Heritage website here.
|1953||The Royal Style and Titles Act is passed by Parliament, making Elizabeth II officially
Queen of Canada.
|1957||The Queen opens her Parliament in Ottawa.|
|1959||The Queen of Canada travels to the United States, where she opens the St Lawrence Seaway together with President Eisenhower during a 45-day tour of all 12 provinces and territories.|
|1964||The Queen attends events in Charlottetown and Québec City to mark the centenary of the conferences leading to Confederation in 1867.|
|1967||The Queen celebrates Canada’s centenary by visiting Ottawa and Expo 67, the World’s Fair, held in Montréal.|
|1970||The Queen begins her custom of visiting provinces marking their centenary within Confederation: Manitoba in 1970 (together with the centenary of the Northwest Territories); British Columbia in 1971; Prince Edward Island in 1973 (together with the 300th anniversary of the founding of Kingston, Ontario, and the centennial celebrations of the RCMP); Saskatchewan and Alberta in 2005.|
|1973||Receiving guests while in residence at Rideau Hall, The Queen presides at the annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Ottawa.|
|1976||The Queen declares open the 1976 Summer Olympics in Montréal; with Prince Philip and her children, she supports Princess Anne as she competes in Olympic equestrian events at Bromont, Québec.|
|1977||Canada’s monarch celebrates her Silver Jubilee by opening Parliament and visiting the National Capital Region.|
|1978||The Queen declares open the 11th Commonwealth Games in Edmonton in the course of a 12-day homecoming.|
|1982||The Queen proclaims the patriated Constitution of Canada in a ceremony held on Parliament Hill.|
|1983||While visiting the United States, The Queen informs President Reagan that
I am going home to Canada tomorrow, subsequently making a four-day homecoming to British Columbia.
|1984||Canada’s Sovereign celebrates the bicentenaries of the founding of New Brunswick and Ontario in the course of a 13-day homecoming.|
|1987||During a 16-day homecoming, The Queen presides over the annual Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Victoria.|
|1992||The Queen celebrates the 125th Anniversary of Confederation by presiding at Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill.|
|1994||As Canada’s monarch, The Queen presides at Canadian D-Day commemorations in France. During a 10-day homecoming, she declares open the 15th Commonwealth Games in Victoria. Accompanied by her Canadian prime minister, she dedicates the Canada Memorial, honouring the fallen of both World Wars, at Green Park, London.|
|1997||In the course of a 10-day homecoming, The Queen attends the 500th anniversary landing re-enactment of the Matthew, at Bonavista, Newfoundland and Labrador.|
|2002||The Queen celebrates the Golden Jubilee with a homecoming to the five regions of Canada.|
|2004||As Queen of Canada, the Sovereign attends the Canadian commemoration service marking the 60th anniversary of D-Day, at Juno Beach, Courseulles-sur-Mer, France.|
|2007||Visiting France as Canada’s Sovereign, The Queen re-dedicates the Vimy Memorial.|
|2010||Unprecedented numbers of Canadians hail their Queen as she presides for the fifth time at Canada Day ceremonies on Parliament Hill during a 10-day homecoming.|
Reflecting her role as Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces, The Queen holds the following honorary appointments as Colonel-in-Chief, except where noted:
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