THE ADVOCATE 607
VOL. 76 PART 4 JULY 2018
By R.C. Tino Bel
In these precarious times between Claire Foy (series 1 and 2) and Olivia
Colman (series 3 and 4) appearing as Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Second
in the Netflix television series The Crown, we had occasion to stumble
upon two world views on the appropriateness of having the Queen as
Canada’s monarch. Mind you, the distinction of Elizabeth being Queen and
Canada having a Crown is something that often gets lost during such discussions.
The first selection by E.A. Lucas appeared in an early 1952 issue of
the Advocate shortly after Elizabeth became queen, but well before her coronation
in June 1953. This raises the question: What is the Crown if not the
thing placed upon the queen’s head at the coronation? The second piece,
part of the “Musings from Mudge Island”, is a more lighthearted take on
such matters by Judge Phillip Collings written in 1994.
We can only disagree with Judge Collings’s conclusion that the song everyone
wanted to sing for Canada’s centenary was somehow inappropriate.
Obviously “Her Majesty” by the Beatles was not appropriate because it was
two years before that song’s release. Moreover, his quip reminded us of
some social commentary about monarchy contained in John Lennon’s invitation
at a Royal Variety Performance where the Queen Mum was in attendance:
“For our last number, I’d like to ask for your help. Would the people
in the cheaper seats clap your hands, and the rest of you if you’ll just rattle