Courtesy of Prime Minister Stephen Harper:
“As we celebrate Victoria Day and officially mark the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of Canada, Laureen and I join Canadians from coast to coast to coast in extending our warmest wishes to Her Majesty on this special occasion.
“Today, let us celebrate our rich and colourful heritage and, in particular, our enduring ties with the institution of the Canadian Crown. As an institution at the centre of our political system, the Crown and all Members of the Canadian Royal Family are an integral and valued part of our collective national identity. Victoria Day provides us with an opportunity to honour Her Majesty for her steadfast loyalty to and affection for our country and all Canadians.
“During this year’s celebrations, we are especially fortunate to host Their Royal Highnesses The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall as they embark on a Royal Tour of Canada. During the tour, Canadians will have the opportunity to meet Their Royal Highnesses in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island and Manitoba, and to demonstrate our country’s deep affection for and gratitude to our Royal Family for their service to Canada.
“On behalf of all Canadians, Laureen and I are delighted to wish Her Majesty a very happy birthday and extend our best wishes for health and happiness in the year ahead.”