​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth Il, the UK's longest-serving monarch, and Canada's head of state, died on September 8, 2022 at the age of 96, after reigning for 70 years.

Elizabeth Alexandra Mary was born in London, England on April 21, 1926, and was the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York.

In November 1947, she married Philip Mountbatten, a former prince of Greece and Denmark, and their marriage lasted 73 years until his death in April 2021. They had four children together: Charles, King of the United Kingdom; Anne, Princess Royal; Prince Andrew, Duke of York; and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex.

When her father died in February 1952, Elizabeth—then 25 years old—became queen regnant of seven independent Commonwealth countries: the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon (known today as Sri Lanka), as well as Head of the Commonwealth.

Queen Elizabeth had a special relationship with Canada and the Region of Peel. She toured Canada as both Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, and as Queen on numerous occasions. During her 1973 Royal tour, she visited Brampton for the 100th anniversary of the town.  During the visit, the Queen and Prince Philip were taken to Gage Park where they were guests of honour during official centennial celebrations.

Peel Region has a number of places named in honour of the Queen, including in the City of Brampton’s historic venue Alderlea, named “The Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Pavilion”.