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HMQueenElizabethII 05-11-2005 09:09 AM

Queen Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh: Visit to Canada - May 17-25, 2005
As Her Majesty and Prince Philip are going to visit Canada next Tuesday,i open this thread to post information and pics here.
Hope you enjoy.:)

HMQueenElizabethII 05-11-2005 09:12 AM

Here is the programme of the first day:


HM and HRH depart London International Airport (Heathrow) for Canada by CanadianForces Airbus A-310 aircraft

PM /

Arrive Regina International Airport, Saskatchewan (Administrative Arrival)

Met by the Governor General, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Lieutenant Governor, the Premier, the Minister-in-Attendance, and other dignitaries

Depart Airport for First Nations University of Canada

Arrive at First Nations University of Canada

Honour song followed by a Flag song

Prayer by an Elder

Reading of the history of Saskatchewan First Nations Veterans (Video displaying a slide presentation on the life of the First Nations soldiers and their return home)

Presentation of a carving to Veterans by Chief Bird, Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations


Depart First Nations University of Canada for Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza

Media reception

HMQueenElizabethII 05-11-2005 09:17 AM

Wednesday 18th May


HM and HRH depart by car for T.C. Douglas Building; transfer to landau

Depart by landau for the Legislative Building

Official Welcome to Canada and Saskatchewan Ceremony

Met by the Governor General, the Prime Minister of Canada, the Lieutenant Governor, the Premier, the Minister-in-Attendance and other dignitaries

Military Honours

Presentation of dignitaries

Words of welcome by Prime Minister Paul Martin

Words of welcome by Premier Lorne Calvert

The Queen replies

Sign the Government of Canada Golden Book and Saskatchewan Visitors’ Book

Walkabout to Legislative garden

HM inaugurates the Queen Elizabeth II Gardens by unveiling a plaque

HM unveils the Golden Jubilee Equestrian Statue of herself on Burmese




HM enters the Legislative Building

Unveils a plaque naming the Committees Room (Room 12) with a First Nations name

Views portraits of former Saskatchewan Lieutenant Governors in the Qu’Appelle Gallery



HRH walks to the site of the future Saskatchewan War Memorial

Unveils a plaque commemorating visit to the site and sod-turning by HM and HRH



HM and HRH sign the Speaker’s and Legislative Assembly’s Guest Books

HM unveils the Saskatchewan Centennial Mural


Depart for Town of Lumsden

Arrive at Town of Lumsden

Provincial Centennial Community luncheon offered by the Government of Saskatchewan

Sign Town of Lumsden Visitors’ Book

Mayor presents HM with the Town of Lumsden’s Commemorative Centennial Coin

Depart for Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza

HMQueenElizabethII 05-11-2005 09:20 AM

Thursday 19th May:

HM and HRH depart Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza for Royal Canadian Mounted Police Depot Division

Ceremony of Remembrance

Depart RCMP Depot for Regina International Airport

Arrive at airport and depart for Saskatoon

Arrive at Saskatoon International Airport

Depart for Canadian Light Source Building (Synchrotron), University of Saskatchewan

Station 1: brief introduction and description of the Canadian Light Source


Station 2: explanation of Synchrotron and its health applications

Meets faculty members, graduate students, scientists, and breast cancer survivor(s)

Station 3: Bjorkdale School

Meets Bjorkdale students, principal, parents, and other guests


HRH proceeds to the “Floor”



HM and HRH exit the Canadian Light Source Synchrotron

Presentation of a framed photo of Structural Relief on Canadian Light Source façade

Presentation by the Mayor of Saskatoon of the key of the City to Her Majesty

Walkabout to car

Depart for the Credit Union Centre

Arrive at the Credit Union Centre

Centennial Performance Arts Gala

Meet performers

Depart the Credit Union Centre for Saskatoon International Airport

Depart Saskatoon for Regina

Arrive at Regina International Airport

Depart for Hotel Saskatchewan Radisson Plaza

HMQueenElizabethII 05-11-2005 09:23 AM

Friday 20th May:


HRH departs hotel for the McKell Creek Conservation Project

Arrives at the site

Proceeds to grass seeding area

Casts seeds to begin future revegetation efforts

Proceeds to site map to view future site plans of the McKell Wascana Conservation Area

Unveils a plaque dedicating the McKell Wascana site

Proceeds across the bridge, where Mr. McKell signals points of interest

Departs for the Wascana Country Club

Arrives at the Wascana Country Club

Addresses the guests at a fund-raising brunch for wetland conservation

Presents award for long-time conservation activity

Departs for Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts

Arrives at Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts


HM departs for Government House Heritage Property

Arrives at Government House Heritage Property Portico Entrance

Walks to unveiling of Government House Heritage Property Centennial Project addition

Unveils a plaque officially opening the addition and naming it the “Queen Elizabeth II Wing”

Proceeds inside through the Frederick W. Johnson Entrance and Foyer

Brief tour of Sir Richard Lake Hall

Visits the J.E.N. Wiebe Interpretive Centre


Proceeds to the Portico Entrance

Signs the Lieutenant Governor’s Guest Book

Signs documents granting approval of the Royal Crown on the insignia of three provincial honours — the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, the Saskatchewan Volunteer Award and the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal.
Departs Government House for Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts

Arrives at Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts



Informal luncheon hosted by the Government of Canada

Address by Minister Ralph Goodale

The Queen replies

Depart the Saskatchewan Centre of the Arts for Regina International Airport

Arrive at airport

Farewell by dignitaries

Depart Regina

Humera 05-11-2005 06:40 PM

Thanx for starting this thread and posting the schedule HMQueenElizabethII.
I thought I'd post a few articles about the Queen's upcoming visit.

Queen to face Canada fur protest

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- An animal rights group has said it will follow Britain's Queen Elizabeth during her visit to Canada later this month to protest against the ceremonial bearskin hats worn by her Foot Guard regiments.

A protester dressed in a bear suit and holding a placard reading "Save My Skin!" would be present at all her formal engagements, a spokesman for anti-fur group PETA said on Tuesday.

"The bearskin hats are an international symbol for Britain -- they are as British as the queen herself -- but the cruelty behind them is not internationally known," the spokesman said.

"The skins come from bears killed in Canada, many of whom are shot several times before they die, while some escape the hunters and bleed to death," he added.

Soldiers wearing the tall black bearskin hats are seen around the year outside the queen's Buckingham Palace in London where the changing of her red-jacketed guard is one of Britain's most popular tourist attractions.

The queen and her husband Prince Philip visit Canada between May 17 and 25 where they will attend events in Saskatchewan and Alberta.

"There is no justification for PETA's demonstration at all," a British Army spokesman said.

The Army bought only 100 pelts for the hats each year from the annual cull of 40,000 North American bears, he added.

"The American and the Canadian wildlife authority issue licenses for the killing of 20,000 bears each a year on both sides of the border, out of a population of over a million black bears. It is not an endangered species," he said.

The Army has replaced leopard skin and beaver fur in its ceremonial uniforms but has so far failed to find a suitable synthetic substitute for bear skin.

It says a current trial on a new faux-fur bearskin hat will take up to two years to complete.

Previous synthetic bearskin hats have faded to red, soaked up water in rain, and become charged with static.

"You can shake a bearskin and it goes back to its shape again," the Army spokesman said. "But if the wind blows against a faux-fur bearskin, it looks like a bad hair day."

Humera 05-11-2005 06:43 PM

A museum that will be fit for a queen

The Queen will be the first to preview the huge $180-million, five-year renewal plan for the Provincial Museum of Alberta announced yesterday.

The Queen will be in Edmonton May 24 and will officially dub the facility as the Royal Alberta Museum.

"Over the next five years we will build a museum that will stand as a proud legacy for Alberta," Community Development Minister Gary Mar said at the museum yesterday.

"We are here to announce that the money has been secured and the architects chosen. The $180-million renewal will create a world-class museum in Edmonton," said Mar.

"It will be a place of pride."

Although building design, collections and programs "will be worthy of Royal designation," the facility will be the people's museum, stressed Mar.

"Every Albertan walking through the doors will feel pride, ownership and a personal connection with our Alberta past."

The province is kicking in $150 million toward the renewal, as part of the Alberta centennial celebrations.

The federal government has earmarked the remaining $30 million for the project under the auspices of Western Economic Diversification Canada.

Planning will be finalized over the summer and made public in the fall when the schematic architectural design is completed. Construction could start as early as fall 2006.

The massive facelift will double the existing 19,700 square metres, completely refurbish the present building and add seven new galleries and exhibitions - including the first children's museum in Western Canada.

"It will give people another reason to visit Edmonton," said Bruce McGillivray, director of the museum, who added that the expansion is about 20 years overdue.

"The museum was state-of-the-art back in 1967 when it was built, but that was almost 40 years ago," said McGillivray.

Earlier expansion plans for the museum in the mid-1980s and 2001 were derailed by downturns in the economy.

The green light on this project "will create a landmark building and help us join the family of provincial museums across the country," added McGillivray.

Plans also call for "a grand plaza" to link the museum with Government House.

New underground parking will accommodate 400 vehicles and the current parking lot will be turned into an interpretive park of plants native to Alberta.

The provincial museum averages 250,000 visitors annually.

Cohos Evamy Architecture and Lundholm Associates Architects will team up to design the facelift.

Squidgy 05-11-2005 06:46 PM

Thanks HMQueenElizabethII and Humera for all the information.

So, is the visit still on? There's been a bit of talk that it may be postponed due to the liklihood of an upcoming election ...

Humera 05-11-2005 06:48 PM

Interesting time for the Queen's visit. We have a bit of a political circus going in on Ottawa at the moment. The government might even be brought down while the Queen's here.
I hope things go well and nothing happens to dampen her visit.

Humera 05-11-2005 06:54 PM


Originally Posted by Squidgy
Thanks HMQueenElizabethII and Humera for all the information.

So, is the visit still on? There's been a bit of talk that it may be postponed due to the liklihood of an upcoming election ...

well the visit's still on as far as anyone can tell. A couple of weeks ago there was talk that the opposition might hold off on any calls for the election in respect for the Queen's visit. But I think that Harper is just itching to become PM. He reeks of desperation.

Here's the PM's speech from today.

Text of Martin's statement
Wednesday, May 11, 2005

“Good afternoon.

Canada has a long and proud Parliamentary tradition, and there are rules and conventions that guide that tradition. Rules and conventions that are older than any of us.

The vote in the House of Commons last night was important, but it was not a matter of confidence.

However, it is clear that in keeping with our Parliamentary tradition, the question of confidence in the government must be settled soon, clearly, and definitively.

I have just met with my caucus. Earlier today, I spoke with my cabinet. And this is what I told them.

On May 17, voters in British Columbia will be going to the polls in a provincial election.

Next Tuesday and Wednesday, I will be in Regina to welcome the Queen to Canada. On Thursday, May 19, I will be in Ottawa. And I am proposing that there be, on that day, a vote on the budget bill. This vote will be a matter of confidence.

Make no mistake: I am committed to working with Jack Layton to pass the budget — a balanced budget that would help strengthen our economy, protect our environment and create a national program of early learning and child care.

I believe that Canadians want this budget passed. And I believe they want an election to be held after the final report of Judge Gomery.

If the government loses the vote next Thursday, I will seek the dissolution of this Parliament and Canadians will know that Stephen Harper and Gilles Duceppe have worked together to force an election less than one year after the last election.

By scheduling this vote, I am respecting my obligations to our Parliamentary tradition.

I call on Stephen Harper and Gilles Duceppe to respect their obligations – to demonstrate respect for Parliament and for Canadians by ensuring this House is able to function between now and the day of the vote, and by committing to Canadians that they will honour and recognize the outcome of the confidence vote.”

So if the vote of confidence on May 19 doesnt pass, then the government will fall two days into the Queen's visit!

Squidgy 05-11-2005 08:13 PM

Thanks for the information Humera ... you are as always, right uptodate on everything. I agree with your comments re. S. Harper ... he is going to make us go to the polls whether we want to or not ... all thanks to his personal ambitions ... and like you say, I hope it doesn't in anyway detract from the Queen's visit.

timtonruben359 05-11-2005 10:37 PM

It does seem certain that an election will be called while Her Majesty is in Canada. I don't see the big fuss, the Queen is alway in Britian when elections are on the go. It will give Canadians a nice distration to see their Queen.

The big question is, if the Queen is in Canada when the government losses the vote of none confidence, will the PM not have to call on her to dissolve parliament, instead of the Governor General? Since protocol states that the Queen outranks the GG when she is in Canada.

Genevieve 05-11-2005 10:45 PM


Originally Posted by timtonruben359
The big question is, if the Queen is in Canada when the government losses the vote of none confidence, will the PM not have to call on her to dissolve parliament, instead of the Governor General? Since protocol states that the Queen outranks the GG when she is in Canada.

The government's already lost its vote of non-confidence and the Queen was not here. Even if the Queen is here when it's time to call for an election and to dissolve parliament I think Adrienne Clarkson will still do it. The Queen may rank her symbolically, but as the Governor General disolving parliament is one of Adrienne's roles. I cannot imagine the Queen reading a speech to dissolve the Canadian parliament when she likely has not been kept up to date about it as Adrienne has been.

I think to avoid embarassment, no matter what the pressure from other forces, Paul Martin will avoid disolving parliament and calling an election while the Queen is here. He'll wait until she's at least 100 feet in the air to make that announcement.

Humera 05-11-2005 11:33 PM

Yes but Martin will have the House vote on the budget on May 19 which he said will be treated as a vote of confidence. He didnt consider yesterday's vote as a vote of confidence. So if he does lose the vote on the 19th, which he probably will, it will mean that the government will be brought down, as he said in his statement
"If the government loses the vote next Thursday, I will seek the dissolution of this Parliament"

Though it would be interesting to see, as timtonruben359 said, if he'll have to ask the Queen instead of the GG to dissolve parliament. The GG is, after all, the Queen's representative in Canada. So obviously the Queen outranks her own representative. If that happens then it'll certainly be an interesting episode in Canadian history, as far as I know there isnt any precedent for this sort of thing, at least not in modern times.

timtonruben359 05-12-2005 02:51 PM


Originally Posted by Genevieve
The government's already lost its vote of non-confidence and the Queen was not here. Even if the Queen is here when it's time to call for an election and to dissolve parliament I think Adrienne Clarkson will still do it. The Queen may rank her symbolically, but as the Governor General disolving parliament is one of Adrienne's roles. I cannot imagine the Queen reading a speech to dissolve the Canadian parliament when she likely has not been kept up to date about it as Adrienne has been.

The government has not lost a vote of non-confidence. The Conservatives and Bloc passed a motion for a parliament committee which will effect the result of that committee, but technically is not enough to bring down the government.

That being said, The Queen is very well informed on Canadian matters, she is after all the Queen of Canada. One of the Governor General's roles is to forward to the Queen all the happens of parliament. She outranks the GG when they are both together in Canada.

Protocol would seem to suggest that Paul Martin must contact the Palace and find out if the Queen would actually want to dissolve parliament should the need arise while she is here, or if she would perfer the Governor General to carry that duty out.

I would prefer that the Queen be asked, but it might detract from her tour.

sara1981 05-12-2005 04:56 PM

thanks for info,HM Queen ElizabethII and Humera about Her Majesty Queen ElizabethII and Prince Phillip's trips to Canada but i cant wait see her new pictures of Queen.

Sara Boyce

HMQueenElizabethII 05-12-2005 05:18 PM

Yes,Sara i'm really looking foward to the Queen and Prince Philip's trip.But we can see The Queen and the Prince at the Royal Windsor Horse Show all this weekend.

Humera 05-12-2005 05:53 PM

Yes the Queen is being kept informed about what's going on as timtonruben359 said. On the news last night on the CBC they mentioned that the Queen is watching the situation as it develops and will consult the PM if anything happens.
I also found out that the last time something like this happened was in 1984 under Turner's government when the Queen had to postpone her visit.

Humera 05-12-2005 09:26 PM

Queen will unveil stained glass at legislature

EDMONTON – Six stained glass windows at the legislature, commemorating the monarchy, will be unveiled by the Queen when she visits the province later this month.

The centrepiece, over the main door to the legislature, will recognize Queen Elizabeth's reign and includes symbols of the monarchy and symbols of the province – wild roses.

The other five windows will go over the other two front doors into the building and three interior doors.

Father and son design team Paul and Andre Winter are in the process of finishing the windows, which are estimated to cost $49,000.

"A lot of the colours that we're using, we're trying to keep it as soft as possible, not to detract from the building," Andre Winter said. "Yet the official emblems and all that are going to be with the official colours, the wild rose being pink with the green, and so on.

"There's the crowns in there, so the crowns are going to have the jewels in there. They're all hand painted and some are done with precious metals."

Winter says the used traditional techniques to make the windows, including mouth-blown antique glass and metal-oxide paints.

The Queen and Prince Philip will be in the province from May 23-25. They are visiting Alberta and Saskatchewan to celebrate the provinces' centennials.

Humera 05-12-2005 09:32 PM


On the Queen's official itinerary, the weekend of May 21 and 22 is noted as simply "private retreat," before she descends on our fair city for a 2 1/2 -day visit.

The Queen and Prince Philip will be, at least on the Sunday, resting and relaxing in our favourite vacation spot on Earth.

There is only one place in Jasper where the Queen would stay.

The Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge.

Queen Elizabeth's daddy George VI and her mom stayed there in 1939. Prince Edward snuck away from the 2001 Worlds for an overnight at JPL with his new bride.

Edward and Prince Philip dropped in during a break from the royal visit to the 1978 Commonwealth Games.

They all stayed in the royal favourite, the six-bedroom Outlook Cabin. Outlook burned to the ground in 2000, only to be rebuilt, as close as possible to the original, the following year.

And what might the Queen do on her day off?

As the head of the Anglican Church, one might assume she will head to the nearest Anglican parish, Jasper's St. Mary and St. George, to bow her head in prayer.

- Another feather in award-winning photographer Robert Bray's cap. On the Tuesday of the Queen's visit, he has been asked to take the only official portrait of the Queen, Philip, the prime minister and Sheila Martin during this royal tour.

That is, if Paul Martin still is the prime minister.

HMQueenElizabethII 05-12-2005 09:40 PM

Great information.Thanks lots Humera.

Humera 05-12-2005 10:02 PM

You're welcome:)

Here's the official Canadian Heritage website about the Royal visit:

Humera 05-15-2005 04:25 AM

Is the Royal visit off?

With the House of Commons paralysed and a vote on the future of the Paul Martin government promised for no later than next Thursday, the Royal visit to celebrate the Alberta and Saskatchewan centennial is now in some doubt.

The Queen is scheduled to arrive in Regina on Tuesday afternoon, where she will be officially welcomed by Paul Martin. The PM is also hosting a dinner for the Royal visitors the next day, before returning to Ottawa to face a non-confidence vote.

It's precisely the sort of political minefield our absentee monarch is at pains to avoid. Conservative Leader Stephen Harper has already suggested the embattled PM wants to use the Queen as a positive photo-op before facing the possibility of an election.

It's not an unreasonable criticism. Basking in the glow of an upbeat Royal visit, with wall-to-wall media coverage, seems like a dandy way to project an image far removed from the Gomery inquiry.

And that's the concern. Several calls to London yesterday confirmed that Canada's developing constitutional crisis has become a major issue for the Queen and her advisers. The phone lines between Ottawa, the Canadian Embassy, and Buckingham Palace are buzzing, and I understand a final decision on the Queen's plans is likely to be made today.

The palace was saying little about the possibility of cancelling next week's visit, only confirming that the Queen will "take the advice of the prime minister" on whether it should go ahead.

But sources in London tell me that a decision "to fish or cut bait" has to be made within the next 24 hours. The Queen, I'm told, is anxious to make what may well be her last visit to Western Canada, but "constitutional considerations loom larger than personal preferences."

Although the Queen is Canada's head of state and our governments and legal system operate in her name, in practice she's an absentee monarch who delegates most of her constitutional power to the Governor General.

For example, Rideau Hall confirms that even if the Queen is visiting Canada, if the Martin government falls next week the PM would tender his resignation to Adrienne Clarkson. She will be on hand to welcome Her Majesty to Saskatchewan, but, like Martin, the Governor General plans to return to Ottawa on Thursday - just in case.

For our symbolic monarch the problem is the unpredictability of elections, and the possibility that the Royal institution itself could become an issue.

Outside Quebec there would seem to be little discernible republicanism sentiment in Canada. But it would be a mistake to assume there is none.

A few years ago, Jean Chretien's office quietly floated the idea that the millennium might be the time to bring the monarchy to an end. Apparently many in the federal Liberal caucus were horrified, but not deputy prime minister John Manley - an occasionally outspoken republican.

Ottawa legend has it that Manley blocked a plan to have the Queen read the federal government's Throne Speech during her Golden Jubilee visit in 2002. Manley's people denied it at the time, but the story was believed in London.

It's not clear whether republican sentiment still bubbles beneath the surface in the present federal Liberal administration (my guess is that it does), but Buckingham Palace's policy - in Australia and New Zealand as well as in Canada - is to avoid politics like the plague. Hence the doubts now hanging over the centennial visit.

The Klein government has said it will promise to make Alberta an election-free zone for the duration of the Royal visit, but it's not clear how it might enforce that restriction on federal politicians or anyone else who feels inclined to use the visit and the accompanying media mob to promote their pet cause or air their grievance.

In the end it will come down to the advice from the PM, and the Queen's own inclinations as a veteran of the monarchy business. Frankly, I think the Ottawa politicians ought to hope she does come, because a cancellation at this late stage would involve its own political costs.

There are an awful lot of people in Alberta and Saskatchewan looking forward to this visit, and it's not the Queen they're going to be mad at if it doesn't happen.

Humera 05-15-2005 04:29 AM

A more recent article

Royal visit will happen

The Sun has learned political manoeuvrings in Ottawa won't derail the Queen's visit - and that she'll meet personally with the families of fallen Alberta Mounties.

A London source has told the Sun that Buckingham Palace gave Queen Elizabeth's visit to Alberta and Saskatchewan the green light - subject to Ottawa's agreement that the visit not become "overtly politicized."

"Obviously the Queen and her advisers are aware of the political situation in Canada, and the concern is that Her Majesty should not be involved in that in any way," said the source.

RCMP F Division Cpl. Brian Jones confirmed yesterday that some of the family members of fallen officers Const. Brock Myrol, Const. Peter Schiemann, Const. Anthony Gordon and Const. Leo Johnston will meet the Queen at the RCMP Depot in Regina.

The officers died March 3 when they were gunned down by Jim Roszko on his farm near Mayerthorpe, 130 km northwest of Edmonton.

"She is going to enter the chapel for a very private audience," Jones said, adding the ceremony is set for the early afternoon of May 19.

"And then she is moving to the cenotaph where she will lay a wreath honouring all fallen RCMP officers. All the troops and all the cadets in training at Depot, as well as other troops, will be on parade, as she is the head of our force."

The Queen normally avoids scheduling Royal visits within six months of a federal election, and being in Alberta and Saskatchewan next week when the Martin government could fall creates a precedent the palace would rather avoid.

"But she made this commitment and she wants to be there," explained the source. "And as long as everyone agrees to behave, it could work because she's not visiting Ottawa. At the end of the day you have to rely on the good judgment of everyone involved."

After a series of phone negotiations this week, the final decision on whether to go ahead with the visit now lies with Paul Martin. "Her Majesty will take the prime minister's advice," said the source, "but as of this moment she's coming."

Mayor Stephen Mandel said his office has been assured that the prime minister will welcome the Queen and her visit will proceed as planned.

"It would be a real travesty, with the amount of time and effort that Edmontonians have put into this, not to have her come," Mandel said.

"We're looking forward to it. I'm practising my bow."

Mandel said he can't imagine that any political party would make an issue of the Queen's visit.

The program manager for city hall's Kids in the Hall Bistro, a restaurant that provides jobs for troubled youth, hopes everything goes ahead.

The Queen is scheduled to visit Kids in the Hall on Wednesday. "It's kind of an acknowledgement that what we're doing here is really worthwhile, and the youth are pretty jazzed," said Calvin Avery.

Humera 05-15-2005 06:40 AM

Province calls for fed no-go zone during Queen's visit

If there's still a question about the Queen visiting even if the federal government falls, Alberta doesn't know about it.

But the province has a strong argument ready to raise on the matter.

"Our best advice, from Buckingham Palace, is that Her Majesty the Queen has made the decision to come," said Community Development Minister Gary Mar, responsible for centennial celebrations. "She, of course, is entitled to change her mind as circumstances may dictate, but the best advice we have is that she is coming," Mar said.

That word was issued about 10 days ago, Mar said, adding he has heard nothing about a rumoured meeting today in London to discuss the issue further.

The Queen's official events in Alberta could come just as the federal minority government falls in a vote scheduled for May 19. Traditionally, the monarch does not visit a nation in the midst of an election campaign.

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Ed Stelmach said provincial Tories have decided on an argument to raise if the visit is jeopardized: "Our opinion is that we can solve this issue simply by keeping the federal politicians out of view," he said.

Not having been asked, however, Alberta has not yet advanced that suggestion, he added.

"We haven't sent it anywhere, yet, but that's our position."

Federal politicians would do well to heed it, he added.

"It would be in their best interests to stay out of view, to not try to turn this visit into part of a political campaign. You know, very early in this centennial year we had the tragic loss of four young Mounted Police officers. I think a Royal visit is something a lot of people very much look forward to."

Premier Ralph Klein, speaking Wednesday, said he understands that Ottawa has not advised against the visit.

"It's entirely up to Buckingham Palace as to whether she will come. But I understand the prime minister can advise her, and so far he has not advised her not to come," Klein said.

He agrees that federal politicians should simply stay away from her visit.

"So as long as there is not overt political activity, I don't think it will be an issue. Or using her as a prop, for purely political purposes."

Squidgy 05-15-2005 07:01 AM

Well ... it looks like the Canadian government and Buckingham Palace have faith that this trip will happen.

There is now an official website for the visit. See

HMQueenElizabethII 05-15-2005 09:03 AM

On Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd The Queen and Prince Philip will have relax and private engagement so no pics on these two days.

HMQueenElizabethII 05-15-2005 09:07 AM

And on Monday 23rd May:

Arrive Edmonton City Centre Airport

Met by the Lieutenant Governor, the Minister-in-Attendance, and other dignitaries

Depart for Commonwealth Stadium

Arrive at the Commonwealth Stadium

Met by Premier Ralph Klein and Dr. Klein

Official Welcome to Alberta Ceremony

Military Honours

Centennial Celebrations

Depart for Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

HM and HRH depart Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for Westin Hotel

Arrive at Westin Hotel

Dinner offered by the Government of Alberta

Proceed to Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

HMQueenElizabethII 05-15-2005 09:10 AM

On Tuesday 24th May:


HRH departs Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for Edmonton City Centre Airport, Government Hangar

Arrives at airport

Departs for Mildred Lake gravel airstrip

Aerial tour of major oil sands projects

Arrives at Suncor Energy Inc. Steepbank Mine Complex

Views heavy hauler (outdoors)

Views exhibits (indoors)

Signs the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo Visitors’ Book

Departs for Edmonton City Centre Airport



HM departs Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for Provincial Museum of Alberta

Arrives at Provincial Museum of Alberta

Witnesses an interpretation session for youth

Unveils a commemorative plaque

Reception hosted by the Lieutenant Governor

Signs Jubilee Portrait

Proceeds to Legislature Building

Unveils a commemorative plaque


Proceeds to Legislative Chamber

Words of welcome by the Speaker

Address by Premier Ralph Klein

Address by Her Majesty

Proceeds to the south entrance of the Legislature


Departs for Fairmont Hotel Macdonald



HRH departs Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for Edmonton City Hall

Arrives at Edmonton City Hall

Presentation of 100 Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards Certificates

Address by His Royal Highness

Departs for Fairmont Hotel Macdonald



HM and HRH depart Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for Northlands Park Agricom

Arrive at Northlands Agricom for the Government of Canada dinner (black tie)


Address by Prime Minister Paul Martin

The Queen replies

Depart for Fairmont Hotel Macdonald

HMQueenElizabethII 05-15-2005 09:14 AM

And the last day Wednesday 25th May:


Depart Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for Edmonton City Hall

Arrive at City Hall

Acknowledge City Councillors

Event with “Kids in the Hall”

Proceed outside to Churchill Square

Presentation of gift by Mayor of Edmonton

Sign the City of Edmonton Visitors’ Book

Walkabout viewing displays of youth activities

Depart for Edmonton International Airport

Depart Edmonton for Calgary


Arrive Calgary International Airport and proceed to Museum of the Regiments

Arrive at Museum of the Regiments



Photographs with officers of the King’s Own Calgary Regiment, the Calgary Highlanders, and the Canadian Forces Military Engineers Branch Air Reserve



Views displays (lower level)



View displays

HM unveils a plaque dedicating Queen Elizabeth II Atrium

HM and HRH sign the Museum of the Regiments Visitors Book

Depart museum for Roundup Centre

Arrive Roundup Centre

Luncheon hosted by Premier Ralph Klein

Depart for the Saddledome

Arrive at the Saddledome (South entrance)

HM signs her portrait

HM and HRH sign City of Calgary registry

City of Calgary Event

Official Departure Ceremony from Alberta and Canada

Depart Saddledome for Calgary International Airport

Arrive Calgary International Airport

Depart for London (Heathrow International) on Canadian Forces Airbus

timtonruben359 05-15-2005 07:23 PM

As has been mentioned above, both Buckingham Palace and the Canadian Government have confirmed that the tour will go a head regardless of the current political situation in Canada.

I am very much looking forward to seeing the Queen back in Canada, on what could be one of her final tours of this country.

Squidgy 05-15-2005 09:04 PM


Originally Posted by timtonruben359
As has been mentioned above, both Buckingham Palace and the Canadian Government have confirmed that the tour will go a head regardless of the current political situation in Canada.

I am very much looking forward to seeing the Queen back in Canada, on what could be one of her final tours of this country.

timtonruben359, I've heard that rumour too, that this could be a final visit. Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part, but I find it hard to believe that she will quit touring completely. I always think of the Queen Mom who was visiting Canada even when she was in her 90's. I guess I'm just having a hard time accepting the fact that the Queen is no "spring chicken" anymore.

Knowing that her visits to Canada will become less and less frequent, maybe will make us enjoy this visit that much more.

sara1981 05-15-2005 11:06 PM

i got news from telegraph for HM Queen and Prince Philip's trips to Canada

check it out! Majesty, this trip could get political
By Caroline Davies
(Filed: 16/05/2005)

The hats have been boxed, the coats and evening gowns neatly folded and the tiara polished. is set then for the Queen to be whisked straight from Tuesday's State Opening of Parliament to the Canadian Airbus that will transport her and Prince Philip to Regina in Saskatchewan.

It will be her 23rd visit to Canada, a country for which she holds a particular affection.

That is unless her private secretary, Sir Robin Janvrin, answers his phone between now and then to an apologetic Canadian prime minister delivering the news: "It's all off." For Canada is in political meltdown.

The Liberal government is teetering on the brink of collapse and, should prime minister Paul Martin fall before the Queen is airborne his advice could be to stay at home.

His demise will automatically trigger a general election, and Canada in the middle of an election campaign is no place for a Queen who has avoided political hot potatoes throughout her 53-year reign.

Mr Martin has so far staved off a vote of confidence over allegations that the Liberal government gave millions of dollars in contracts to firms in Quebec, with many of those firms, allegedly, then paying kickbacks to the Liberal Party.

But, under pressure from Conservatives, he is being forced to hold one on Thursday when parliament gathers to vote on his federal budget. That is two days into the Queen's nine-day tour of Saskatchewan and Alberta.

If he is still standing by the time she touches down, the prediction is he will lose the May 19 vote.

Thus the man who greets the Queen as her prime minister at the bottom of the runway steps at Regina may no longer be her prime minister two days later.

At Buckingham Palace all they can do is watch, hands tied. "We await the outcome of the vote and subsequent government advice. That advice will depend on the vote and may affect the Queen," said a spokesman.

If she goes, she may well be asked to turn around and come right back should Mr Martin lose. And if he loses, but advises her to stay - to spare disappointment for Saskatchewan and Alberta which each celebrate 100 years of joining the Confederation and have planned elaborate festivities - well, that causes a whole set of new problems.

With no government, what of the grand luncheon to be "hosted by the Government of Canada" in Regina on May 20? Or the PM's formal speech, and his presence at her official departure ceremony in Calgary?

There are always local difficulties for the Queen to negotiate on foreign tours. But a country in political crisis could be trickier.

Sara Boyce

Humera 05-16-2005 12:02 AM

Interesting article Sara.
Still, nothing too much to worry about.
The Queen wont be anywhere near Ottawa. She's visiting Alberta and Saskatchewan where the provincial governmets are determined not to let federal politics sour their centennial celebrations. Alberta has called for a "fed no-go zone" as mentioned in one of the articles above. So I think things will go along smoothly.

Ephram 05-16-2005 09:06 AM


Originally Posted by ~*~Humera~*~
Interesting article Sara.
Still, nothing too much to worry about.
The Queen wont be anywhere near Ottawa.

Will Her Majesty and HRH The Duke get official welcoming ceremony by Madam Adrianne Clarkson?, since this is a State Visit

Ephram 05-16-2005 09:12 AM


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Will Her Majesty and HRH The Duke get official welcoming ceremony by Madam Adrianne Clarkson?, since this is a State Visit

Well, apparently yes. She will be welcomed by the Governor General. I forgot to read the first part of this thread:cool:

timtonruben359 05-16-2005 01:06 PM


Originally Posted by Squidgy
timtonruben359, I've heard that rumour too, that this could be a final visit. Maybe it's just wishful thinking on my part, but I find it hard to believe that she will quit touring completely. I always think of the Queen Mom who was visiting Canada even when she was in her 90's. I guess I'm just having a hard time accepting the fact that the Queen is no "spring chicken" anymore.

Knowing that her visits to Canada will become less and less frequent, maybe will make us enjoy this visit that much more.

I personally feel this will not be the Queen's last visit to Canada, but I think this will her last major tour...I think the future she will most likely stay in one place instead of flying to various parts of the country...but I doubt this will her last're right the Queen Mother last visited Canada when she 89.

But I think we also need to face facts that the Queen is now nearly 80 and it has already been stated by the Palace that she and Prince Philip plan to cut back on their international travel. But knowing the Queen's sense of duty, as long as she is physically able she will travel abroad.

Humera 05-17-2005 02:54 AM

For those of you who want to see the arrival on tv, Newsworld will cover it live starting at 6:30 eastern. I assume the other canadian networks will as well, though Im not sure.

HMQueenElizabethII 05-17-2005 04:56 PM

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There are no pic of The Queen and Prince Philip arrived in Canada yet.But there are a picture of The Queen and Prince Philip waving when they left London Heathrow Airport: Nice new hat:)

Amira 05-17-2005 05:16 PM

The Queen and Prince Philip are supposed to arrive a 6:30 Pm at Regina (Saskatchewan)

ElisaR 05-17-2005 06:27 PM

I checked time zones on a site: now it's exactly 3.27pm in Regina, so they haven't arrived yet. It's 10.27 in the UK: almost bed time.
Supposing that they go to bed at 10 in Regina, it would be like going at 4am!!!

Humera 05-17-2005 06:35 PM

Well the Queen will be arriving at 6:30 eastern time (which, I believe, is 4:30 central/saskatchewan time). So there's still an hour to go before the live coverage begins. I'll save some screen caps and post them as soon as possible.
With the political bombshell today, looks like the government is less likely to fall on thursday, perhaps the Queen's visit wont be overshadowed by politics after all.

Humera 05-17-2005 07:34 PM

Well the Queen has arrived in a Canadian airbus...
Her Canadian standard is being unfurled.

mandyy 05-17-2005 08:29 PM

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mandyy 05-17-2005 08:33 PM

Queen Elizabeth II in Canada Amid Turmoil

By ROB GILLIES, Associated Press Writer

TORONTO - Queen Elizabeth II flew in to western Canada for a royal visit Tuesday, with the nation's governing party embroiled in a political scandal that has threatened its hold on power. The queen and Prince Philip arrived in Regina, the provincial capital of western Saskatchewan, where they are taking part in centennial celebrations for the province's union with the Canadian confederation.

The Queen is the head of state in Canada, a member of the British Commonwealth of former colonies.

The queen, wearing a salmon-colored suit with black trim, was met at the airport by Canada's Governor-General Adrienne Clarkson, the queen's representative in Canada, Prime Minister Paul Martin and other dignitaries.

The 79-year-old monarch has visited Canada at least 22 times since she becoming queen and has referred to it as a second home. Though Canadians are somewhat indifferent to the monarchy, most have great affection for the queen, toasted at official events and whose silhouette marks their coins.

The visit begins just two days before Martin faces a vote of non-confidence in Parliament. Should his minority Liberal government lose what's expected to be a very close vote, general elections will be called.

The Liberals got a huge boost on Tuesday, however, when a key Conservative member of Parliament defected to the Liberal Party.

Royal tradition has been to bow out during election campaigns to avoid any suggestion that the visit is being used to shore up support for an incumbent government.

At least one royal watcher does not believe national politics will hurt the long-awaited royal visit.

"Politicians are always on their best behavior when the Queen is around," said John Aimers, dominion chair of the Monarchist League of Canada.

The opposition, however, has accused Martin of using the Queen's visit to prop up his government. Martin said he intends to greet the royal couple when they arrive Tuesday evening and he will address the official welcoming ceremony on Wednesday morning before returning to Ottawa.

If Martin's government — hit hard by a corruption scandal within his Liberal Party — were to fall Thursday, officials say the queen would not get caught up in the procedure of dissolving Parliament.

Humera 05-17-2005 08:56 PM

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The Queen was welcomed by the Governor General Adrienne Clarkson and her husband, the PM and his wife, the Saskatchewan Premier and his wife, the Lieutenant Governor (in pale yellow) and others. Lots of bows and curtsies. The Queen has left the airport now and is making her way to the First Nations University, the only one of its kind in North America.
The Queen was wearing her mother's brooch, which she also wore as a princess during her 1950s visit to Canada.

Humera 05-17-2005 08:58 PM

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Squidgy 05-17-2005 09:07 PM

Thanks Mandyy and Humera for getting those pictures to us so quickly. I'm really looking forward to seeing lots more over the next few days!:)

Humera 05-17-2005 09:42 PM

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You're welcome Squidgy

The Queen arrives at the First Nations University of Canada

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inside the university

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The Queen made a brief speech and gave the university a piece of stone from Blamoral Castle with her and Queen Victoria's initials on it.

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The Queen and Prince Philip were both given gifts. She got a quilt and the Prince was giving moccasins.

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The Queen greets a crowd outside the university

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btw..aside from Canada's red and white Maple Leaf, many of the people in the crow are carrying small green flags. Those are Saskatchewan's centennial flags.

After leaving the First Nations University, the Queen made her way to her hotel where she had a private meeting with Canadian PM Paul Martin.

Humera 05-17-2005 11:06 PM

The Queen will be officially welcomed to Canada tomorrow at the Saskatchewan Legislature. Coverage on CBC Newsworld will begin at 1:00 pm eastern.

mandyy 05-17-2005 11:08 PM

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Elspeth 05-17-2005 11:20 PM

That's impressive. After a flight as long as that, I usually need to sleep for a day to recover. Here's the Queen, pushing 80, looking as rested as ever after a long flight and several hours of time difference, plunging straight into a bunch of work and being photographed at every turn.

Amira 05-18-2005 12:05 AM

Thank You Humera , you did a really good job by posting those great pictures :)

Humera 05-18-2005 12:26 AM

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You're very welcome Amira:)

Here are some more

Dennism 05-18-2005 12:33 AM

Marvelous caps. Great job. I am impressed with her work rate. I mean here she is going to this country after a long day and she´s seems well rested like Elspeth said but she is pushing 80 and takes it all in stride. Brava to her.

monamona 05-18-2005 12:43 AM

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Yes, bravo to her given her age and the distance of the trip. For me,
She slept in the plane. Royals and Rich people have very comfortable plans fully furnished ("bedrooms", "offices", etc).

NB: Examples of the inside of private jets are attached. Got them from the web: asp?theaction=commercial 2001/2001_09_at1.asp

And this link shows some pics of the private jet of Brunei' s Sultan:eek:
(I think the sink is made of Gold)

bweir 05-18-2005 01:59 AM


Originally Posted by monamona
Yes, bravo to her given her age and the distance of the trip. For me,
She slept in the plane. Royals and Rich people have very comfortable plans fully furnished ("bedrooms", "offices", etc).

NB: Examples of the inside of private jets are attached. Got them from the web: asp?theaction=commercial 2001/2001_09_at1.asp

And this link shows some pics of the private jet of Brunei' s Sultan:eek:
(I think the sink is made of Gold)

I hardly think a Canadian Forces Airbus would be as luxurious as that. ;)

Humera 05-18-2005 02:22 AM

yes this wasnt the Queen's private jet. It was a Canadian airbus. There's a picture of it on the last page.

HMQueenElizabethII 05-18-2005 02:56 AM

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sara1981 05-18-2005 02:55 PM

i got news from Hello about HM Queen and Prince Philip's Canada

check it out! Philip shows Queen Elizabeth his new moccasins as Chief Alphonse Bird (left) and First Nation elder Eber Hampton look on
Photo: © EMPICS
Click on photos to enlarge Majesty receives a colourful escort from Chief Alphonse Bird as she arrives at the First Nation University
Photo: © EMPICS
18 MAY 2005 Queen received an old-fashioned "family" welcome when she arrived in Canada on Tuesday. Her Majesty was greeted by a group of Cree Indians, who refer to the monarch as their "grandmother", when she touched down in the Saskatchewan capital of Regina.

Members of the First Nation Indian group beat their drums and chanted an "honour song" to show their appreciation for the royal visitor, whose great-great grandmother Queen Victoria promised their community land rights, free education and health care.

Dressed in a fur-trimmed suit of burnt orange, in recognition of the Saskatchewan's traditional colour, the sovereign and her husband visited a university set up especially for the native community. There they were escorted by Chief Alphonse Bird, who made quite an impression on photographers by combining his business suit with a traditional Indian headdress of eagle feathers.

Cree elders then presented the royal with an intricately embroidered quilt, while the Duke of Edinburgh received a pair of hand-made moccasins. Her Majesty reciprocated the gesture by offering her hosts a polished granite stone engraved with the royal markings "VR" and "EIIR", which she said would serve as a reminder of the "special relationship between the sovereign and the First Nation peoples".

The Indian community has indeed proved its loyalty to the crown. Among the welcome party were a number of elderly war veterans, carrying Canadian, British and Saskatchewan flags, in remembrance of the 9,000 indigenous North Americans who fought against the Nazis in World War II. Though it is a fact often overlooked in history books, the First Nation played an instrumental role in liberating the Netherlands from German occupation.

Humera 05-18-2005 04:16 PM

The Queen was at the Saskatchewan legislature today. It was raining but as many observers said, she doesnt let that sort of thing bother her.
Apparently it hasnt rained in Regina, "The Queen's City," in years.
But as the Premiere of Sask. put it so well, the Queen's vist has been like the "spring rain" on the prairies.

The Prime Minister made a statement, followed by the Premiere, and then the Queen. I thought her address was very touching. She said "my mother once said that this country felt like a home away from home and 60 years later, it still does. And its good to be back." In fact just yesterday one of the reporters mentioned that once when the Queen came to Canada from a visit to the United States, she felt like she was "coming back home."
There was a great crowd gathered to greet the Queen. Everyone noticed how happy and relaxed she look. She was beaming throught the walkabout.
Interesting though, one of the reporters mentioned how British observers said that she looks more relaxed on her visits to Canada than she often does at home.

The Queen unvieled a statue of herself riding a very special horse called Burmese. It was given to her by the RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police) in 1969. Since then the Queen rode Burmese every year during the trooping of colour until the horse was retired in 1986 (she was riding him during the infamous shooting incident). After that, the Queen never rode again during the trooping of colour.
The statue was beautiful. The Queen lingered for several minutes looking at it. I was surprised how long the walkabout was. It was quite festive actually, despite the rain, there was music playing in the background and the crowd was applauding.

After that the Queen made it inside the legislature where she unvieled a mural, met with members of the legislature and lots of other people.

I have tons of screen caps but it'll be a while before I can post them.

HMQueenElizabethII 05-18-2005 04:29 PM

It sound really great trip for Her Majesty!Thanks Humera for the article.

HMQueenElizabethII 05-18-2005 04:31 PM

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It seems there are not much photos of this great visit especially Getty and Corbis!:( Her Majesty yesterday:

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HMQueenElizabethII 05-18-2005 04:45 PM

Article about the second day visit-Great trip for Her Majesty:

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A lots more pics from AAP:

mandyy 05-18-2005 05:18 PM

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HMQueenElizabethII 05-18-2005 05:19 PM

Thanks you lots mandyy.

Humera 05-18-2005 05:21 PM


Originally Posted by HMQueenElizabethII
It sound really great trip for Her Majesty!Thanks Humera for the article.

you're welcome:)
hehe,those were my own words, not an article;)

btw..i hope you wont feel the lack of getty pics too much, I have tons of caps ;)

Humera 05-18-2005 05:24 PM

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The Queen Arriving at the Sask. legislature today
She was received by the Governor-General, the PM, and the Premier of Saskatchewan

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It was pretty funny watching the Queen trying to make her way through the row of mounties and soldiers. She lifted her umbrella up high a few times to get through. But there was plenty of room.

Humera 05-18-2005 05:30 PM

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The PM introduced the Queen to various ministers, politicians, and other guests. The Governor General Adrienne Clarkson is standing with the Queen in the last couple of pics.

HMQueenElizabethII 05-18-2005 05:33 PM

It's so kindly of you,Humera.So great photos.

Humera 05-18-2005 05:37 PM

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The PM officially welcomes the Queen.
He gave a very good speech I think.
And announced a gift to the Queen in the form of a donation to the Dominion Institute Memory Project under which young Canadians archive the testimony of war veterans.

Humera 05-18-2005 05:39 PM

Rain fails to dampen royal visit enthusiasm

Wednesday, May 18, 2005 Updated at 2:59 PM EDT
Canadian Press

Regina — Undeterred by a heavy downpour, the Queen arrived at the Saskatchewan legislature in a laundau Wednesday to address a rain-soaked crowd of politicians and admirers about the province's centennial.

The Queen carried a clear, plastic umbrella to ward off the torrent as she inspected a scarlet-clad RCMP honour guard and Canadian Forces army, navy and air force reserves.

Her majesty and Prince Philip were greeted by Prime Minister Paul Martin, Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert and Lt.-Gov. Lynda Haverstock. A 21-gun salute then rumbled on the grounds.

Almost 3,000 Saskatchewan residents began assembling, oblivious to the rain, more than an hour before the royal couple's arrival.

Mr. Calvert made light of the turbulent weather that greeted the Queen's arrival Tuesday and Wednesday.

He said the stiff breeze that blew across the province Tuesday "is like the spirit of our province — it's free, ever-changing and always detemined."

He also noted spring rain is always welcome in the agrarian province and considered a gift to the land.

"You will always be as welcome in this province as the spring rain," he told the Queen. "Your presence is a gift to our centennial."

The smiling monarch, dressed in a tan trench coat and wine-coloured hat, noted that this visit is her 22nd to Canada, but the memories of her first are still vivid in her mind.

"I remember the magnitude of this country, matched only by the generosity and kindness of the people whom I met along the way, not least here," she said.

"Since then, Prince Philip and I have seen Saskatchewan evolve into a forward-looking province of fertile landscapes, dynamic towns and cities with expanding, diverse communities, taking great pride in what you have built and continue to build together."

Mr. Martin saluted Saskatchewan residents on their centennial, calling them "tough, practical people who dared to dream — stubborn and proud people."

He said many didn't have a lot, but they had something no one could take from them — their optimism.

"The history of Saskatchewan is a story of compassion, struggle, ingenuity and achievement," he said.

Mr. Martin also lauded the Queen for her commitment to Canada as a whole.

"Your affection and dedication to our country has never wavered," he said. "In Saskatchewan, we give you our loyalty, our deep affection and a welcome to this most wonderful part of Canada."

He advised the monarch the federal government is making a donation in her name to a memory project initiative at the Dominion Institute, which seeks to link generations by encouraging young people to archive the testimony of former veterans.

The Queen's visit was a thrill for 10-year-old Amy Martin, a Grade 4 student who presented the monarch with a bouquet of flowers.

"I haven't seen her before so it was really cool," she said.

Brandon Gabel, 10, said it was well worth the wait in the rain to see her.

"It's a once-in-a-lifetime experience," he said.

The Queen unveiled a plaque inaugurating gardens bearing her name on the legislature grounds. She also unveiled the Golden Jubilee Equestrian Statue of herself on her horse, Burmese, given to her as a gift by the RCMP many years ago.

After entering the legislature to meet members of the legislative assembly, she unveiled a plaque giving a committee room a native name, as well as a mural depicting two aboriginal people in a canoe looking up at a bush plane.

Prince Philip, also known as the Duke of Edinburgh, went on to a sod-turning for a Saskatchewan war memorial before rejoining the Queen for a luncheon in the rural community of Lumsden, about a half-hour drive outside Regina.

On Tuesday, the royal couple were greeted at the airport by Martin and Gov. Gen. Adrienne Clarkson before visiting the First Nations University of Canada in Regina.

Humera 05-18-2005 05:52 PM

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Premier Calvert makes a speech which was followed by a speech from the Queen. Among other things she thanked the PM for his unique gift, mentioned her vivid memories of her first visit to Canada and ofcourse her feeling of being home away from home.

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The Queen, escorted by Premier Calvert, makes her way to the statue of herself riding Burmese, the horse I mentioned before, given to her by the RCMP.

Humera 05-18-2005 06:23 PM

Here's an article about Burmese and why it was one of the Queen's favourite horses.

Statue of Burmese unveiled for Queen

REGINA – Under rainy skies, the Queen, and the hundreds of people who turned out to see her, caught the first glimpse of the bronze statue of the Queen riding her favourite horse Burmese, on the legislative grounds.

The province commissioned sculptor Susan Velder to make the statue. It is placed north of the Legislative Building at the south base of the flower garden. Velder stood beside the Queen as the statue was unveiled and then Her Majesty spoke with Velder.

The RCMP gave Burmese, a Canadian black mare, to the Queen in April 1969.

The Queen rode Burmese in 18 consecutive birthday parades, and she was the only horse Her Majesty rode for the Trooping of the Colour.

Burmese was born in 1962 at the RCMP re-mount ranch at Fort Walsh in Cypress Hills and became a favourite of the RCMP members.

As soon as Burmese retired in 1987, the Queen gave orders that no one was to ride her. Burmese spent the rest of her life in a pasture at Windsor Castle. The Queen chose the particular pasture so she could see her long-time friend when she spent time at the castle.

Burmese died in 1990.

Humera 05-18-2005 06:26 PM

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The Queen watches the unveiling of the statue. Standing next to her in some of the pics is the sculptor, Susan Velder.

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The Queen was visibly delighted and spent several minutes looking at the statue. It stands on the grounds of the Saskatchewan Legislature. I thought it was beautiful location.

Humera 05-18-2005 07:29 PM

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The walkabout was several minutes long, with the Queen speaking to well wishers and Canadian war veterans.

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Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip make their way inside the Legislative Building

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Queen Elizabeth also unvieled a mural inside the legislature

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sara1981 05-18-2005 09:30 PM

have gala dinner yet?

Sara Boyce

Humera 05-18-2005 09:42 PM


Originally Posted by sara1981
have gala dinner yet?

Sara Boyce

No galas yet. After leaving the legislature, the Queen had lunch today with the Premiere, toured a small town. There is a dinner tomorrow night which will be attended by celebrities among others. Actor/comedian Leslie Nielson, who is originally from Saskatchewan, will be there. Shirley Douglas, actress/activist and mother of actor Kiefer Sutherland (from the tv show "24") will be there. Her father was a former Premier of Saskatchewan.

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