Previously published in Examiner
Part 12 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.
Trooping the Colours and the threat on the Queen’s life
Trooping the colours is a British military tradition dating back to the 17th Century. British Colours were used at various rally points during battle. The modern day ceremony is done on horseback. The Queen got the scare of her life in 1981, when someone fired five shots at her during this ceremony. It turned out the bullets were blanks but the fiasco cost the assailant a five year prison term. The 17 year old, Marcus, Sarjeant, was released after serving two of his five year sentence.
The Queen remained posed and calm on her mount throughout the shooting incident; displaying how strong of character as a woman and Queen she really was.
The next year another unusual incident occurred that could have caused great danger for the Queen when she found an intruder in her bedchamber. When she awoke Michael Fagan was in her bedroom with her. As was her character and style, Queen Elizabeth II, remained calm and spoke with him until help arrived 7 minutes later.
As any woman and mother, Queen Elizabeth II was more anxious about the safety of her son Edward who was serving in the Falklands war than she was with the situation with Michael Fagan. That situation could have lead to her assassination because of a security breach at Buckingham Palace. Her majesty is such a brave and proud woman and an inspiration to all women of the world including Montreal women.