Previously published in Examiner
Part 16 of the Queen Elizabeth Series
This series will finish with the Queens of England, continue with the only female prime minister of England and the only female prime minister of Canada. It will end with three male governors of Quebec, so important to Montreal men and women’s history and the three female governor generals of Canada Two of the three females came from Montreal.
To learn more about Canadian Prime Ministers and other Canadian or Quebec politics, both McGill University and Concordia University in Montreal offer wonderful political science degrees.
English Montrealers enjoy British history while French Montrealers enjoy the history of France.
For further reading, Montreal’s Concordia University has a wonderful women’s studies program at the Simone do Beauvoir Institute
English Montrealers are very fond of the Queen of England, and Canada in General adores this particular monarch.
Queen Elizabeth II celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2002. The world was not sure if the Jubilee would be a success because the Queen lost both her mother and sister in February and March of that same year. However, true to form Queen Elizabeth held strong and had her golden jubilee. She did a tour of her realms beginning in Jamaica and called it her farewell banquet.
Queen Elizabeth and her enduring health
Queen Elizabeth was always in good health, but the aging monarch had knee surgery in 2003. She canceled various appointments in 2005, because of a bad cold and in 2006, she could not open the Emirates Stadium, a new football stadium in London, because of a strained back muscle. That same year, the press was concerned for her health when she was seen wearing a bandage on her hand. It turns out that she was bitten when trying to separate her dogs from fighting.
Political disagreement with Tony Blair
In 2007, the “Telegraph” reported the Queen was frustrated with Tony Blair’s stance on Iraq. She felt that England was overextended in Iraq and Afghanistan. On the other hand, she did praise his efforts to achieve peace in Northern Ireland.
In 2008 ,Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary. Queen Elizabeth II reign is second only in length to Queen Victoria, the longest reigning monarch in history. By 2015 Queen Elizabeth II will surpass that historical mark.