Yesterday was a sad day for the Commonwealth and for the world.

Her Royal Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II was not only the queen of England, but was also the head of the Commonwealth of Nations, to which Canada belongs. With her coronation on June 2, 1953 (I was born later that year), she was the queen my entire life.

Web Image – Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Day June 2, 1953

We sang “God Save the Queen” before we sang “Oh Canada”every morning at elementary school assembly.

Every Christmas morning we listened to her message of hope from first the radio, and then when we got a television, we watched her give her annual Christmas message. I remember that once we could put a face to the voice (with the dignified British accent) via television, I was surprised at how young and beautiful she was.

Photography Note: I created my feature image in an app called Word Swag. In this app you can use your own photos or search for one from the app’s extensive free gallery and then add text in a variety of colours and styles. I searched England and a graphic of Big Ben came up. I felt this was an appropriate image to mark the passage of time for the longest reigning monarch in British history and the second longest reigning monarch in world history.

“ I cannot lead you into battle. I do not give you laws or administer justice but I can do something else – I can give my heart and my devotion to these old islands and to all the peoples of our brotherhood of nations.”

Queen Elizabeth II, First annual Christmas message