Whose queen is she?

July 6, 2010


Britain’s Queen Elizabeth inspects the honor guard during Canada Day celebrations on Parliament Hill in Ottawa July 1, 2010. REUTERS/Blair Gable

Just curious why the Queen is labeled “Britain’s Queen Elizabeth” in your articles and photos that cover the current Royal visit to Canada?

Her Majesty is the Queen of Canada, regardless of her association with the UK or any other Commonwealth country.

In the highly unlikely event that the UK were to become a republic tomorrow, she would still be the Queen of Canada, independently of her role in any other nation.

While in Canada, should she not be referred to as “Canada’s Queen Elizabeth”?

Neil B.

In Canada She is Elizabeth II Queen of Canada. She may be Britain’s Queen, but she is Canada’s as well.

For coverage on Canada’s Head of State, the captions do not need to state “Britain’s Queen….”

Please refer to her as Queen Elizabeth, or Elizabeth II or Canada’s Queen…. Thank you.


Several readers have commented on this during her visit to Canada.

She has a number of titles, but to the global audience we reach, she is best known as Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, no matter where she happens to be at the time.

Indeed, if we changed her title as she traveled the world, I believe we would have a lot of very confused readers: GBU Editor

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well to make everybody happy what could be done is saying something like what follows at least once
“Queen Elizabeth II of Canada a.k.a Queen Elizabeth II of GB” …

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