Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s began her 22nd Royal tour of Canada today in Halifax, Nova Scotia, but she has actually visited Canada 24 times (twice as Princess Elizabeth). The Royal Couple had been met by heavy rain earlier when their Canadian Armed Forces plane touched down at Halifax. The Queen will be in Canada from June 28 to July 6, 2010, before heading off to New York City.
As part of her itinerary, she will celebrating the Canadian navy’s centenary. The Queen will be unveiling two plaques commemorating the Canadian Naval Centennial and the HMCS Sackville.
The Queen also has a personal interest in the Royal Canadian Navy. She is the patron of The Navy League of Canada, The Royal Canadian Naval Benevolent Fund and The Royal Canadian Naval Association.
This Royal tour will also mark the first time the Queen has been in Ottawa for Canada Day celebrations.
The Queen’s Plate is traditionally held in the last Sunday of June was even moved forward a week, so that the Queen could attend her fourth Queen’s Plate race and her first one since 1997.
Along with official visit to Queen’s Park and other official functions, the Queen will be attending church services at St. James Cathederal.
The royal couple will also be taking a flight from the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport to visit Research in Motion in Waterloo. Then upon returning to Toronto, she will also be touring Canada’s largest film studio and more official dinners before departing to New York City to address the United Nations General Assembly and visit the site where the World Trade Center towers collapsed during the September 11, 2001 attacks.
One thing that did not seem to be a part of this royal tour is a visit to my downtown Toronto office space. I know that Queen will be staying in the Royal Suite of the Royal York Hotel, but where will her aids and handlers be setting up their Toronto office space while they are here?