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60 years ago today, she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II. 60 years on, our Queen she remains.

In his essay in Sunday’s National Post, Conrad Black summed it up best:

“The Queen has an outstanding record of absolutely unblemished service… It would be impossible to elect a more selfless, faultless, tireless holder of such a difficult office.”

Of her, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has said she is:

“An anchor for our age.”

All I can say is, long may she reign!

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I had the privilege of attending a friend’s citizenship ceremony yesterday. I’d never attended such an event. It was quite something.

Held in a converted room in Winnipeg’s remarkable union station (undoubtedly a shadow of its former self), I sat among nearly 80 individuals who anxiously awaited the moment when the presiding judge would ask them to recite Canada’s Oath of Citizenship. Doing so would signify an extraordinary transition: from foreigner to local, landed immigrant to citizen. The mood was light, joyous even.

I affirm that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second, Queen of Canada, Her Heirs and Successors, and that I will faithfully observe the laws of Canada and fulfill my duties as a Canadian citizen.

Once recited, each new citizen was invited to receive a certificate marking the occasion and to pose for a photograph with a red-coated Mountie. Kitschy, sure; a special moment for those involved, absolutely.

And so, for a brief moment anyways, I set aside my own views about citizenship, nationalism, Canada, and the myths Canadians tell themselves and honoured my friend and so many like him who, each in their own way and with their own story, chose to call this country home.

I’m neither ashamed nor afraid to admit it: I watched the live broadcast of the Royal Wedding. It meant I had to set my alarm for 3 a.m., and resulted in a very long day, but it was well worth it.

I’ve long been a monarchist, and am proud of it. I adore HM The Queen, and think she and her family an important part of Canada’s history and its future. And so, I, along with nearly 12 million Canadians and almost 2 billion people around the world, delighted in the spectacle that took place on April 29, 2011.

To witness, as we all did, the marriage of Prince William to Kate Middleton, was to witness a bit of history in the making. And what a bit of history it was!

I dare say the event was flawless, every aspect executed with military precision. Cars left the various palaces neither a minute early, nor a minute late; everyone arrived at Westminster Abbey on time, as expected; the ceremony went off without a hitch; the day unfolded exactly like officials said it would.

Brilliant.

More importantly, however, I genuinely believe this Royal Wedding — one for the ages, to be sure! — didn’t simply meet the world’s expectations, it exceeded them. Fantastically so.

That dress! The trees in the Abbey! Those hats! Pippa!

Not one, but two kisses from the balcony!

Without a doubt, HM The Queen said it best: “Amazing.”