Happy Canada Day to our Canadian friends...was able to wish a traveling couple in a van from BC Happy Canada Day as they paused for a picnic lunch in our post office car park today. They were amazed and pleased.
Courtesy of the Prince Of Wales website, this is a picture of Prince William and Catherine, the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, from a few hours ago when they attended a Canadian citizenship ceremony on Ottawa. Catherine is wearing a diamond maple leaf brooch on loan from Queen Elizabeth II.
The couple were greeted yesterday with large crowds when they arrived and met Stephen Harper. Catherine wore a dress by a Canadian designer.
Prince William was given a royal standard for the visit
which flies from flagpoles, the royal auto, etc. The official schedule for today was
Friday, July 1 (Canada Day) - Ottawa/Gatineau, Que.
10:30 a.m. — The duke and duchess attend a citizenship ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que.
12:05 p.m. — The couple will join the masses at Parliament Hill to watch a full military honours presentation with 21-gun salute, as well as a flypast by the Canadian Forces CF-18s and Snowbirds, to celebrate Canada's 144th birthday.
The couple spent 2 hours on Parliament Hill in walkabout among the estimated 360,000 who came to see them. They have private down time scheduled for this afternoon/evening although there are rumors of a private meal with the Harpers. During the crowd greeting times, everyone in the entourage, including the private secretary and the past English ambassador to Canada were on bouquet duty, which is usually handled by other royals with ladies in waiting, dressers, etc. As Catherine & Will decided to keep the entourage as small as possible, others had to step up and assist.
This is tomorrow's schedule:
Saturday, July 2 - Ottawa and Montreal
12:40 p.m. — The couple plant a tree in the Royal Grove at Rideau Hall to commemorate their 2011 Royal Tour.
1:10 p.m. — William and Catherine meet veterans and their families at a reception and tour of the Canadian War Museum.
3:50 p.m. — The pair arrives in Montreal.
4:15 p.m. — The duke and duchess visit Ste-Justine University Hospital Centre, the largest mother-child care centre in Canada, to meet patients and their families.
5:45 p.m. — Time to don an apron. The newlyweds are treated to a cooking workshop at the Institute de tourisme et d'hotellerie du Quebec.
A varied set of activities....I will post each days schedule in case you can get there!!!
We still have a few Royal Wedding Prince William and Catherine English bone china mugs left. To see them at Antiques And Teacups, click on the photos.