Queen Elizabeth II is everything Canada could want in a ceremonial head of state: She’s widely and justifiably beloved, she’s ferociously hard-working and she understands the limits of her office perfectly. The biggest “mistake” often attributed to her –her failure to collapse in a teary heap, as many of her subjects did, when Princess Diana died–was, in fact, evidence of her greatest strength. This woman lived 20 miles from London during the Second World War, after all. ( “The children won’t go without me. I won’t leave the King. And the King will never leave,” her mother famously declared.) And she still projects an unwavering, stiff-upper-lipped dedication to service, and an ever-more anachronistic and welcome aversion to touchyfeeliness, ersatz grief and things that don’t matter.