Our previous post on the possible benefits of patriating the monarchy insinuated that the royals do not embody our national identity because they are British. This is not really correct, since the Queen does embody other national identities, as Her Majesty has effortlessly demonstrated in her current visit to Canada.
While the Queen is in Canada she comes across as Canadian as maple syrup, as tens of thousands of Canadians celebrate her presence as the very focal point of our national identity. We lose sight of this fact because Her Majesty is mostly out of residence, and mostly a product of her British environment. But there is an unmistakable bond and human attachment between Queen and Country while she is here. All that genuine cheering is evidence that Canadians are not welcoming a foreign Queen at all, but one of them.