Happy Birthday, Dad and Betty

The Dad you can likely guess.

Betty is Betty Windsor. Call me a crazy traditionalist, but somehow Liz seems wrong as a short form of her kinda roundabout Canadian title:

Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God
of the United Kingdom, Canada and Her other Realms and Territories Queen,
Head of the Commonwealth,
Defender of the Faith

Me, I would have moved “Queen” ahead of the list of countries of which she is Queen, but no one asked.

Anyway, today is Betty’s 92nd birthday. My father would have been 96. As a 30-something smart aleck he convinced a Sunday-School-ful of little kids that the 21-gun salute on the grounds of the Alberta Legislature on this date was actually for him.

So here’s to both of them on this, their birth days. Blam blam.

Photo of my parents, 1956

Dad with Mom, not Betty, c. 1956

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in open touring car, Edmonton AB, 1959

Betty and Phil, 1959


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14 Responses to Happy Birthday, Dad and Betty

  1. Mary Gibson says:

    Very nice.

  2. Tom Watson says:


  3. Heather says:

    What a lovely way to salute Grandad!

  4. Tom Watson says:

    By the way, I’m not objecting; I just found it cute. I assume one holds up a white glove in one hand when it’s being said.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Tom – It’s funny-odd, I think, that using a nickname for the Queen seems so wrong. Rather like wondering what was Jesus favourite food. I only realize that I’m not thinking of these people as real people when I do something like that and see how peculiar it feels.

  5. I’m not sure which parts of this post are the traditionalist and which parts are the iconoclast, but both are needed.

  6. Alison says:

    Didn’t know that was when your dad’s birthday was. But, I can imagine him with a twinkle in his eye claiming the 21 gun salute.

  7. Judith Umbach says:

    Happy Birthday in honour of your Dad. And today, Sunday, is Eardley’s birthday. As well as being Earth Day; he enjoyed sharing that. Lizzie I am never sure about, but I hope she had a happy birthday.

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