The Royals are Coming!
To get you in the spirit of our contest, Spot the Royals, here are a few stories and photos of the Queen visiting Canada at various times in Canadian history and one of a Canadian taking in the Royal Wedding atmosphere in London!
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In the June/July issue of Our Canada, Brian Bailey of Neepawa, Man., shares the story of the time the royal family paid a visit to the Bailey family farm back in 1970. Brian’s dad, Roy, got the chance to meet the Queen once again, when she made a return visit 40 years later!
Newfoundlanders Bow-Wow to the Queen
I was part of the receiving line of more than 100 Newfoundland Dogs and their owners from across Canada and the US that welcomed the Queen on her visit to Bonavista, N.L. in June 1997.
She was there to commemorate the 500th Anniversary of John Cabot’s discovery of Newfoundland. She welcomed the arrival of the ship “Matthew” that had set sail from Bristol, England in April of 1997: a replica of the original ship sailed by John Cabot in 1497. The Queen’s tour of the dogs was just prior to the ships arrival.
The Newfoundland dogs toured the Province visiting schools, community centers and shopping malls as well as participating in parades. The purpose was to re-acquaint Newfoundlanders with their native dog that had served fisherman along their shores for many years. The dogs were famous for hauling in the nets and were known to rescue victims of heavy seas.
The Queen walked along the narrow path within arms reach. Her gracious manner and genuine interest in the dogs was a moment I’ll treasure. I learned later some of the dogs were given the command to bow before her Majesty. It was all so wonderful.
Norma Allen, Ville de Lery, Que.
Norma Allen on the far left with her dog Sydney (wearing the John Cabot hat), aboard the “Mathew” – a replica of John Cabot’s ship that sailed to Newfoundland from England. She chats with other Newfoundland Dog owners from across Canada who were in Bonavista, N.L. to welcome the Queen in 1997.
At Your Service
In the January issue of More of Our Canada, David Blackman of Ottawa, sent in his story about being footman to Governor General Georges Vanier. When the Queen came to visit in May 1960, his duties at the formal luncheons and dinners brought him in close proximity to her. In the photo he is the second gentleman from the left standing just behind the Queen Mother.
Receiving the Royal Treatment
Sandra Harding of St. Albert, Alta., had her story published in the November 2010 issue of More of Our Canada. In 1970 the royal family visited Manitoba to celebrate the province’s 100th anniversary of entering Confederation. Sandra’s father, Gordon Wade, was part of the royal guard that met them at the airport. Gordon had received a Coronation Medal for excelling in his military duties and the Queen and Prince Philip both stopped to chat with him about his medal.