Saturday, October 30, 2010

The Swan Song for the 300th Anniversary Celebrations

While this will be the swan song for the 300th anniversary celebrations on this blog, I thought you’d like to know that the Queen has been invited to a few other events both later this year and into next year. She has been very popular.

People have been very kind and wished her well at all turns. From the lovely little girls at Upper Clements Park who whispered so quietly that they liked my dress to all the people along the parade routes and the visitors who just happened by and wanted a photo with the Queen, it has been a delight. Our charming and gracious Lieutenant Governor Mayann Francis took it all in stride and I understand she had a wonderful time at the two events she was able to attend.

I would like to thank the 300 team members who come to meetings, give of their ideas and their hands, laugh and work very hard – all for the delight we see on people’s faces. Linda Brown, our Prime Minister; Amery Boyer, our Chancellor of the Exchequer and Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough; Grace Butland, our Marketing Manager; Caroline Bosley, our Music Advisor and Abigail, Baroness Masham; Millie Hawes, the Royal Costumière; Heather LeBlanc and Kathie Fearon, General Factotums all make working together a delight for me, Anne Crossman, Queen Anne. There were all the folks at the Annapolis Royal Town Hall who put up with all our antics and changing routines and helped us in many ways – always with a smile. Thanks to our funders and sponsors who helped us in so many ways.

So here are some candid photos from our lovely volunteer celebratory evening at the Annapolis Royal Legion. Because you MUST remember that this whole year’s events had NO paid staff. This was done for the love of area in which we live.

Long Live Our Queen and All Her Household!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

300 Years of Anglican Services in Annapolis Royal

On Sunday, October 10, 2010, there was a special service at St. Luke's Anglican Church in Annapolis Royal. Here is a great website where my friend Trish Fry has captured the event in pictures - Trish is a terrific photographer and has docmented many places and events around her town over the years.

Monday, October 11, 2010

European Heritage Day at Fort Anne - August 29, 2010

It was a big day today in Annapolis Royal. Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, The Honourable Mayann E. Francis was able to be with us as we celebrated our various backgrounds which make up this wonderful community. There was a fashion show of costumed folks from down through the years assisted ably by Millie Hawes. Alan Melanson was the Master of Ceremonies and we had the Honourable Ramona Jennex of the Nova Scotia government on hand as well.

The queen and her entourage arrived in her carriage and then the carriage brought our Lt. Governor to the stand.

Here are some of the photos taken of the day - a very hot and humid day I might add - but an excellent event. I should add that the Lt. Governor had a wonderful time making a poker with Brad Hall, a local sculptor and sometime blacksmith.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Queen Anne in the Annapolis Valley Exhibition Parade

August 16, 2010 - It was amazing. It was very long. There were huge crowds lining the parade route in Lawrencetown. All the dignitaries were there - MP, MLA, Mayors, etc. And we were float number 106. This appearance was for Raymond Longley, our trusted coachman. He requested our appearance to help him celebrate his 54th year in the parade and at the Ex. How could we resist.

So the Duchess, Amery Boyer; a new jester, Mike Fearon; Jon Percy and Michael McCarty, the footmen and I (the queen) started at 6:50 pm and made our way down the main road in the beautiful carriage pulled by our favourite mare Bonnie through Lawrencetown to the exhibition grandstand.

We arrived around 8:30 and were greeted by a full house and a beautiful red ribbon with Judge's Choice First Prize. How about that! We were quite thrilled! Here are a couple of photos taken by a friend and neighbour Philip Hyam and Larry Powell of The Spectator.

By the way, the lady in the blue shirt with the miniature horse was not part of our entourage. It was interesting that Bonnie didn't like those little horses. But the kids along the way just loved them.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Meeting My Loyal Subjects at Upper Clements Park

August 15, 2010 - The day was beautiful, the Royal Household was in attendance, the Juggler juggled amazingly, the English Country Dancers were a real treat, the Cake was spectacular and the beautiful small subjects (and the larger ones too, of course) were delightful. Here are some photos of the Sunday afternoon at the park.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Queen Anne's Picnic

August 8, 2010 - Bishop Park, Round Hill, Nova Scotia - An excellent time was had by all at the Queen's Picnic. The people who probably enjoyed the afternoon the most were all the children and the Royal Coachman, Raymond Longley with his lovely mare Bonnie and the beautiful Carriage. A visitor from Vancouver posted a video overnight on the event. You can see it at It certainly gives a good sense of the afternoon. Thanks to all who came.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Canada Day at Fort Anne

On a beautiful Canada Day, there was a grand assemblage at the town hall in Annapolis Royal. We had a trumpeter to play O Canada which was accompanied by many voices. The Queen and her household then strolled over to the Officers' quarters at Fort Anne for a cake cutting and a "walk about". She met tourists and townsfolk alike. Below are some of the photographs taken on this grand occasion.