Mr. Speaker, I rise to extend on behalf of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition and all of the people of Canada greetings and best wishes to Her Majesty the Queen and His Royal Highness Prince Philip on the occasion of their Golden Wedding Anniversary. They were married 50 years ago tomorrow.
It was the 11th year of the reign of King George VI. Britain was beset by economic problems. Monarchies and democracies in half of Europe had fallen under the hammer of Soviet communism. The empire, which Canada helped to defend through the dark days of the second world war, was coming apart.
At 11.15 on the morning of November 20, 1947, Princess Elizabeth, then 19 years old, set out from Buckingham Palace in the Irish state coach from Westminster Abbey where she was given in marriage by her father, the King, to 25-year old Royal Navy Lieutenant Philip Mountbatten.
The Leader of the Official Opposition, Winston Churchill, described the royal wedding of 1947 as “a flash of colour on the hard road we have to travel”.
I join with all Canadians in marking this bright moment in a year marked by tragedy for our royal family. God save the Queen.