Wednesday, 19 January 2011

Queen Elizabeth II

Her Highness’s full name is Elizabeth Alexandra Mary, born on the 21st of April 1926. She is the first child of Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), and his wife, Elizabeth. Her father was the second son of King George V and Queen Mary, and her mother was the youngest daughter of Scottish aristocrat Claude Bowes-Lyon, 14th Earl of Strathmore and Kinghorne. Elizabeth's only sibling was Princess Margaret, born in 1930.

She is the reigning queen of 16 independent sovereign states known as the Commonwealth realms. She is also the Head of the Commonwealth, she is the figurehead of the 54-member Commonwealth of Nations and, as the British monarch, she is the Supreme Governor of the Church of England. She was educated privately at home.

She began to undertake public duties during the Second World War, in which she served in the Auxiliary Territorial Service. In 1947, Elizabeth made the first of many tours around the Commonwealth, and married Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh on 20 November 1947 at Westminster Abbey. They have four children: Prince Charles, Princess Anne, Prince Andrew, and Prince Edward.

Queen Elizabeth II personifies the history of Canada, in which her family for over five hundred years have played a leading role. She makes possible a level of national life above the compromise, bargaining and self-interested ambition of politics. She possesses ultimate legal authority in Canada, thereby ensuring politicians remain no more than temporary administrators of power. She turns policies of political parties into laws for a democratic state through royal assent in Parliament,embodies, institutionally and personally, the Canadian ideals of "peace, order and good government", racial harmony, democracy and equality before the law.

She is also the essential element of the idea and practice of "loyal opposition", which allows Canadians to oppose the government of the day without being considered disloyal to their country. She is the common constitutional thread binding the 14 governments of Canada's federal system, thereby helping reconcile regional authority and federal unity.

The reason why we chose Queen Elizabeth Alexandra Mary is because her love and contribution towards her nation had touched us and I believed many others too,further more,she did not expect anything in return. She is also a role model that showed the world many moral values like love,care and kindness towards the people. At a very young age, she already started to serve her country and fortunately her courage and confidence had brought her to the Queen Elizabeth we all have in minds today.


Xueh Wei,Jen Li ;D