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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.


  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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