July 8, 2011

Blue Bloods

It wasn't a huge part of our plans, but yes, we did see the Royals while they were in town for Canada Day, so I'll share that bit of the trip right away for those of you that are into that sort of thing. The crowd on parliament hill is typically 100,000 to 150,000 on Canada Day but with those two in town it was estimated to be well over 300,000. Luckily we were persistent and able to worm our way quite close to the stage. Their seats were by the pillar on the right of the shot below.
They were also lucky to have a bit of shade, so while the rest of us sweated in the sun they were under a dias, though they did have to wear suits and be gawked at by thousands of people. This picture (from left to right) shows the Minister of Culture, the Governor General and his wife, the royal couple, and Mr & Mrs Darth Harper.
After all the concerts and speeches, everyone came out to gladhand each other for the media and we were able to get a few slightly better pictures.
I think William could sense that there was a lovelier Kathryn in the crowd and passed along a congratulatory wave to me as he came to terms with coming in second place in at least one thing in life ;)

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