A bit of a curve here, not about a Canadian nor Canadian fashion, but an icon who has held sway over most Canadians lives. From kindergarten through grade 8 we stood together in class and sang “God Save The Queen” in her honour. Every December 25th we would stop the morning festivities to listen to her “Christmas Message” on the radio. We were aware of her every publicized move then and still are now, some 65 years later. She is the longest-serving monarch in British history. She was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on April 21, 1926, in London, to Prince Albert, Duke of York (later known as King George VI), and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. No one realized when she was born that Elizabeth would someday become queen of Great Britain. She got to enjoy the first decade of her life with all the privileges of being a royal without the pressures of being the heir apparent. She married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1947. On February 6, 1952, Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, died, and Princess Elizabeth took on the responsibilities of becoming the next ruling monarch. Queen Elizabeth’s official coronation took place on June 2, 1953, in Westminster Abbey. Long to reign over us, God save our Queen.