Location: London, England
Address: Kensington Gardens
Date: August 2015
Queen Elizabeth II lived to be 96 years old and was Queen for just over 70 years. She was not only the Queen of England but also other Commonwealth countries such as Canada. Her reign was the longest of any British monarch. Most of us have only been alive during her reign. Sadly, she passed away on Sept 8 2022 and will now be succeeded by her son Charles. In this post we look at a few of the places we have visited where the Queen was honoured.
Burmese was given to Queen Elizabeth II as a gift from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1969. The Queen rode Burmese every year in the annual Trooping of Colour ceremony until 1987. The Trooping of Colour happens each June and is also known as the Queen's Birthday Parade. It involves over a thousand officers and hundreds of horses on parade during the ceremonies.
Had the Queen visited the Secret Garden Inn for tea? Perhaps. The photo was most likely taken as she visited the Sydenham Street United Church across the street. This church is more commonly known as The Spire due to its long pointy top that can be seen all across Kingston.
At the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, Ontario, Canada there is a special book that can be found in the lobby area along the far wall. The Queen has stayed at the Royal York many times and stays on her own floor in the Royal Suite. The photos above are of the Queen and her husband Prince Philip. Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, died one year before the Queen in April 2021.
In a glass case sitting below the photographs is a book signed by Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip when they visited during the Golden Jubilee in October 2002. They both signed using just their first names.
Post boxes across the country will need to be changed. Some of these marked for Queen Elizabeth II may have been around for 70 years. We are not sure how quickly or if these changes will even be made. King Charles is already 73 years old so he will be very lucky if he can serve as Head of the Commonwealth for even a quarter of the time that his mother served.
These are just a few of the things and places that remind us of the Queen. Memorials like this one at a British Grocery store in Oakville, Ontario will be showing up everywhere. She will long be remembered by many people around the world.
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