As previewed last week, later this afternoon, the House of Commons and Senate will mark this week's Diamond Jubilee by collaborating on a "humble address" congratulating Canada's "most gracious sovereign" on her 60th anniversary:
TO THE QUEEN'S MOST EXCELLENT MAJESTY:
MOST GRACIOUS SOVEREIGN:
We, Your Majesty's loyal and dutiful subjects, the House of Commons of Canada in Parliament assembled, beg to offer our sincere congratulations on the happy completion of the sixtieth year of Your reign.
The People of Canada have often been honoured to welcome Your Majesty and other members of the Royal Family to our land during Your reign, and have witnessed directly Your inspiring example of devotion to duty and unselfish labour on behalf of the welfare of Your People in this country and in the other nations of the Commonwealth.
In this, the Diamond Jubilee year of your reign as Queen of Canada, we trust that Your gracious and peaceful reign may continue for many years and that Divine Providence will preserve Your Majesty in health, in happiness and in the affectionate loyalty of Your people.
That the said Address be engrossed; and
That a Message be sent to the Senate informing their Honours that this House has adopted the said Address and requesting their Honours to unite with this House in the said Address by filling up the blanks with the words "the Senate and".
Those who may have been hoping for an outburst of republicanism will likely be disappointed, however: the inveterately anti-monarchist Bloc Quebecois has already given notice that its four-member caucus won't take part in the festivities.
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