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CHARBONNEAU – How I learned to like the monarchy, and the Commonwealth

Gates at Buckingham Palace. (Image: Mel Rothenburger)

AS A 10-year-old, I was eager to see Princess Elizabeth when she visited Edmonton in 1951; a year before she became Queen.

My parents and I lined the street along with hundreds of other Edmontonians to catch a glimpse of her, only a few blocks from where I lived.

I didn’t know anything about the monarchy. I probably would have been as enthused if she was a Disney princess.

My parents probably understood the celebratory mood better. The pretty young princess and heir-apparent to the throne embodied both celebrity and power.

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David Charbonneau is a retired TRU electronics instructor who hosts a blog at http://www.eyeviewkamloops.wordpress.com.

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About Mel Rothenburger (5011 Articles)
ArmchairMayor.ca is a forum about Kamloops and the world. It has more than one million views. Mel Rothenburger is the former Editor of The Daily News in Kamloops, B.C. (retiring in 2012), and past mayor of Kamloops (1999-2005). At ArmchairMayor.ca he is the publisher, editor, news editor, city editor, reporter, webmaster, and just about anything else you can think of. He is grateful for the contributions of several local columnists. This blog doesn't require a subscription but gratefully accepts donations to help defray costs.

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