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´╗┐Queen Elizabeth II was born Princess Elizabeth Alexandra Mary on 21 April 1926, in London, to Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI) and Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. She married Philip Mountbatten, Duke of Edinburgh, in 1947, and upon the death of her father, she became queen on 6 February 1952. She was crowned on 2 June 1953. Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-serving monarch in British history on 9 September 2015 when she surpassed her great-great grandmother Queen Victoria who had reigned for 63 years, 216 days. On 6 February 2017, after having reigned for 65 years, The Queen became the first British monarch to reach their Sapphire Jubilee. Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of England, is also Canada's Queen, and sovereign of a number of other realms. As Canada is a constitutional monarchy: the Queen rules but does not govern.
As shown in the photograph, a monument in honour of Queen Elizabeth II was unveiled on 1 July 1992 on Parliament Hill (Ottawa, Ontario) as part of Canada's 125th anniversary celebrations and marking the 40th anniversary of her accession to the Throne. The equestrian statue was commissioned by the Government in 1990 and was designed and created by Jack Harman (1927 - 2001), the successful artist selected from a national competition. Queen Elizabeth is featured on her horse, Centenial - a gift from Canada in honour of the 100th anniversary of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police - which was officially presented to Her Majesty in 1977. This was the first equestrian statue of Her Majesty and is the only monument on Parliament Hill not erected posthumously.
On this day, 21 April 2018, we celebrate the 92nd anniversary of the birth of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and mark more than 25 years since the unveiling of the first equestrian statue erected in her honour.