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Celebration Hosted by the Monarchist League of Canada in Honour of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s 90th Birthday

Toronto, Ontario, Wednesday, April 20, 2016


Thank you for inviting Sharon and me to celebrate a very special occasion.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will turn 90 tomorrow at 2:40 a.m. London time—or later tonight, if you like, Canadian time.

Her Majesty is renowned for her unwavering dedication to the Crown, her attention to detail, her sharp wit, her ability to connect with the people she meets and to inspire respect.

But one of the qualities I admire most is her selflessness, her altruism and her belief in the decency of people.

The Queen has lived her life according to deeply held beliefs, influenced by her family and her faith.

She frequently touches upon themes such as tolerance, children, the goodness of people and helping those in need.

It’s this inherent goodness of our queen that inspires so much admiration.

Of course, there are the details of her story to admire as well.

She assumed the responsibilities of being queen at an early age after the sudden death of her father. She is head of the Commonwealth and the longest-reigning sovereign in modern Canadian history.

Her Majesty has seen the world at its very best and its very worst. She’s grown with the advent of technology and the 24-hour information age. In front of the world, she became not only a queen, but a mother, grandmother and now great-grandmother.

A lot has changed in 90 years!

Through it all, Her Majesty has remained as steadfast and true as the day she ascended the Throne.

As His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales said of Her Majesty on the occasion of her 80th birthday: “[Her Majesty is] an example to so many of service, duty and devotion in a world of sometimes bewildering change and disorientation.”

Ten years after these words were spoken, The Queen is still setting an example for all of us to follow.

On this occasion, we also unveil a commemorative coin from the Royal Canadian Mint. Both the Mint and the Monarchist League of Canada have my gratitude for the work they do in informing Canadians and in promoting the Crown in Canada.

I think it only fitting that we end with the words of Her Majesty The Queen, who reflected on her 80th birthday:

“…as one gets older, birthdays seem to come round quicker; they are therefore less obvious excuses for wider celebration than personal moments to count one’s blessings.”

Let’s count our own blessings that we live in such a great country, and that we’re gathered to celebrate Her Majesty’s 90th birthday.

Thank you.