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.
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Monday, August 16, 2010
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
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 http://www.vanramblings.com/annapolis-royal-celebrates-queen-annes-birthday.html. It certainly gives a good sense of the afternoon. Thanks to all who came.
Sunday, August 8, 2010
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.