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Elizabeth II and Canada’s Twenty Dollar Bill

Image credit: Bank of Canada

As Canada’s head of state, Queen Elizabeth appears on our country’s twenty-dollar note and has done so since 1952, the year she became queen.

Her Royal Highness first appeared as Princess Elizabeth, when she was eight years old, on the $20 bill issued in 1935, as the granddaughter of the king, George V. Over years, Queen Elizabeth appeared on Canada’s $1 and $2 bills until they became coins.

I’ll skip doing a rehash biography, choosing instead to highlight random aspects of an iconic figure that has been so much a part of my own life for as long as I can remember.

In no particular order here are some surprising facts I’ve discovered about Queen Elizabeth II:

  • she is credited with creating a new dog breed called the “dorgi,” a cross between a dachshund and a corgi
  • the first football match the Queen attended was the 1953 FA Cup Final
  • one of her many hobbies is photography
  • another favourite pastime is Scottish country dancing
  • she speaks French so fluently, she doesn’t need an interpreter

Born on April 21, 1926, she is the longest reigning British monarch.

Sources:

  1. Portraits of Queen Elizabeth II as They Appear on World Banknotes
  2. Canadian twenty-dollar note
  3. Sutcliffe: Let’s keep the Queen on the $20 bill permanently
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