It was unusual for Elizabeth not to attend the service.
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64 per cent of Canadians support continuing to recognize Elizabeth as Queen, but only 46 per cent would support recognizing her heir.
In 2011, Commonwealth countries agreed to modify the rules so that a woman, if she is the oldest sibling, could become Queen.
He handed a judge at the citizenship ceremony a letter explaining his decision.
He compared the pledge to to a "hazing'' ritual.
The Duchess of Cambridge (who, yes, is still Kate Middleton to us) isn't slowing down for baby number two just yet. Following the release of her empowering PSA on mental health this month, Kensington...
Morrissey (as an artist and public figure) has always had the uncanny ability to charm and repel at the same time. His staunch animal rights activism, his hatred of the throne, his refusal to adhere to any of the tenets of accepted celebrity behaviour have often landed him in hot water. But what's wrong with a little hot water when today's music and music industry is so depressingly tepid?
Over in merry olde England, Prime Minister Cameron (enlightened progressive that he is) has been pushing hard with this idea that princesses with brothers should be allowed to become queen, and that monarchs should be permitted to marry Catholics. Not our problem, right? But ah, here's where you're wrong.
To many individuals and families around the world, Canada is rightfully regarded as a resettlement destination that offers immigrants and new Canadians a range of freedom. Why then, is there a legal obligation for individuals to take a solemn oath of allegiance to faithfully serve the Queen, her heirs and successors in order to gain full access to the democratic protections of Canadian citizenship?
With respect to those who suggest we henceforth do without the British Monarchy, there wouldn't be a Canada without the British Monarchy. This trumps everything as regards this debate. We have real problems in Canada at the moment -- and the British Monarchy isn't one of them.
From the grating, excessive hoopla of the royal wedding to a series of overblown "controversies" about the supposed monarchist drift of the Harper administration, 2011 was the year that proved the Canadian press is still capable of abandoning all journalistic principle whenever royalty makes the headlines.
Clutching her handbag and wrapped up against the chilly weather in headscarf and dark green coat it could have been any elderly lady carefully stepping off the carriage at King's Lynn station thi