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Her Majesty’s Christmas Message December 27, 2013

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Video of the Christmas Message



“”This past year has been one of great celebration for many. The   enthusiasm which greeted the Diamond Jubilee was, of course, especially   memorable for me and my family.

“It was humbling that so many chose to mark the anniversary of a duty   which passed to me 60 years ago. People of all ages took the trouble to take   part in various ways and in many nations. But perhaps most striking of all   was to witness the strength of fellowship and friendship among those who had   gathered together on these occasions.

“Prince Philip and I were joined by our family on the River Thames as we   paid tribute to those who have shaped the United Kingdom’s past and future   as a maritime nation, and welcomed a wonderful array of craft, large and   small, from across the Commonwealth.

“On the barges and the bridges and the banks of the river there were   people who had taken their places to cheer through the mist, undaunted by   the rain. That day there was a tremendous sense of common determination to   celebrate, triumphing over the elements.

“That same spirit was also in evidence from the moment the Olympic flame   arrived on these shores. The flame itself drew hundreds and thousands of   people on its journey around the British Isles, and was carried by every   kind of deserving individual, many nominated for their own extraordinary   service.

As London hosted a splendid summer of sport, all those who saw the   achievement and courage at the Olympic and Paralympic Games were further   inspired by the skill, dedication, training and teamwork of our athletes. In   pursuing their own sporting goals, they gave the rest of us the opportunity   to share something of the excitement and drama.

“We were reminded, too, that the success of these great festivals   depended to an enormous degree upon the dedication and effort of an army of   volunteers. Those public-spirited people came forward in the great tradition   of all those who devote themselves to keeping others safe, supported and   comforted.

“For many, Christmas   is also a time for coming together. But for others, service will come first.   Those serving in our armed forces, in our emergency services and in our   hospitals, whose sense of duty takes them away from family and friends, will   be missing those they love.

“And those who have lost loved ones may find this day especially full of   memories. That’s why it’s important at this time of year to reach out beyond   our familiar relationships to think of those who are on their own.

“At Christmas I am always struck by how the spirit of togetherness lies   also at the heart of the Christmas story. A young mother and a dutiful   father with their baby were joined by poor shepherds and visitors from afar.   They came with their gifts to worship the Christ child. From that day on he   has inspired people to commit themselves to the best interests of others.

“This is the time of year when we remember that God sent his only son ‘to   serve, not to be served’. He restored love and service to the centre of our   lives in the person of Jesus Christ.

“It is my prayer this Christmas Day that his example and teaching will   continue to bring people together to give the best of themselves in the   service of others.

“The carol, In The Bleak Midwinter, ends by asking a question of all of   us who know the Christmas story, of how God gave himself to us in humble   service: ‘What can I give him, poor as I am? If I were a shepherd, I would   bring a lamb; if I were a wise man, I would do my part’. The carol gives the   answer ‘Yet what I can I give him – give my heart’.

“I wish you all a very happy Christmas.”‘

Tree said to have inspired The Maple Leaf Forever felled by storm July 20, 2013

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The tree that is said to have inspired Alexander Muir to write “The Maple Leaf Forever” which was long Canada’s unofficial anthem and is also the regimental march of The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada and The Royal Westminster Regiment. Muir had served in the Queen’s Own Rifles to defend Canada from the Fenian raids and fought in the Battle of Ridgeway.


Here is the song for those unfamiliar with it:

In days of yore, from Britain’s shore,

Wolfe, the dauntless hero, came And planted firm Britannia’s flag On Canada’s fair domain. Here may it wave, our boast our pride And, joined in love together, The lily, thistle, shamrock, rose entwine The Maple Leaf forever!

Chorus: The Maple Leaf, our emblem dear, The Maple Leaf forever! God save our Queen and Heaven bless The Maple Leaf forever!

At Queenston Heights and Lundy’s Lane, Our brave fathers, side by side, For freedom, homes and loved ones dear, Firmly stood and nobly died; And those dear rights which they maintained, We swear to yield them never! Our watchword evermore shall be “The Maple Leaf forever!”


Our fair Dominion now extends From Cape Race to Nootka Sound; May peace forever be our lot, And plenteous store abound: And may those ties of love be ours Which discord cannot sever, And flourish green o’er freedom’s home The Maple Leaf forever!


On merry England’s far famed land May kind heaven sweetly smile, God bless old Scotland evermore and Ireland’s Em’rald Isle! And swell the song both loud and long Till rocks and forest quiver! God save our Queen and Heaven bless The Maple Leaf forever!



Richard III shall have a burial fit for a king July 18, 2013

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“He was buried in an unmarked grave, but finally Richard III is to get a tomb fit for a king.

British officials say they will spend US$1.5 million interring the 15th-century ruler, whose skeleton was found earlier this year beneath a parking lot in the central England city of Leicester.

Officials at Leicester Cathedral said Thursday that Richard will be buried “with honour beneath a raised tomb within a specially created area in the cathedral.” The plans also include a new floor and a stained glass window.

His remains are due to be reburied next year.”


I am a little disappointed that he shall not be interred in York, which he had very close connections with, which is not true of Leicester. For those interested the Richard III Society has additional information regarding  the tomb and the reign of Richard III.

David Johnston Named Next Governor General July 8, 2010

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The North Saskatchewan Branch of the Monarchist League of Canada congratulates and applauds the announced appointment of David Johnston as Canada’s next Governor General.

CTV’s Robert Fife broke the story late Wednesday evening: University of Waterloo President David Johnston would become the next Governor General.

Further details about David Johnston are available from many different media outlets today (CBC, SUN).

The Monarchist League of Canada congratulates and warmly welcomes professor Johnson:

Those who have followed Professor Johnston in his career know his abundant “people skills”—an affable personality—and deep knowledge of Canada’s constitution and diverse social history. These qualities, combined with a truly global perspective and seasoned political experience at the federal level, are excellent indications that he will faithfully serve The Queen and all Canadians as their next Governor General.

It’s pleasing to see an experienced, but non-partisan, Canadian appointed as Governor General.

A Call to (re)Consider the Monarchy July 7, 2010

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In the wake of Her Majesty’s recent visit to Canada, the Saskatoon StarPhoenix advocates a thoughtful consideration about the future role of the monarchy in Canada.

It’s a welcome debate.

As we approach the Queen’s diamond jubilee (sorry, no similar Canadian link – yet), it makes sense to take stock of how well our current constitutional monarchy has served Canada as a state and Canadians as individuals. Those of us already convinced by the merits of our system will do well to discuss the issue reasonably with our fellow Canadians. Indeed, such a public debate can be a unifying force. It would be a powerful symbol if Canada were able to recommit to our Head-of-State, perhaps through some official gesture in the House of Commons.

Our Head-of-State serves a mainly symbolic role, one that is abstractly applied through the institutionalized concept of the Crown but also personally entwined with the Queen herself and the history of her lineage. With such expansive implications it is hardly surprising that many people object (at least superficially) to one or more manifestations of the symbol of our Head-of-State. Nevertheless, our diverse and historically unique country is capable of broad political agreement in pursuit of peace, order and good government. It is wise to pursue a similar consensus with our Head-of-State, while admitting wholehearted unanimous agreement may be impossible.

Of course, the League’s view is that the monarchy has served us well, playing a crucial role in the development of parliamentary democracy and the founding of Canada. Over time, the monarchy has been tremendously flexible. And there seems little reason to suspect that it cannot continue to play its proper role as we face the unknown pressures and challenges of the 21st century.