Will And Kate's Visit Quite Significant For Canada
Undoubtedly the Canada Day celebrations of July 1, 2011 will go down as significant and the one most talked about for the generation. The city of Ottawa, the Canadian capital, experienced a wonderful blue sky day---perfect weather! Music groups from a variety of different ethnic groups took the stage on Parliament Hill playing their own brand of music and exhibiting their own type of cultural expression. This was all very wonderful but such has been the norm for a great many years. Why would I define this particular celebration as one which stands out for the generation? Clearly for the reason of the special guests who were in attendance the Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus and his dear wife, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Cambridge, better known to all as Will and Kate.
Will and Kate---what a sensation! Two months ago on April 29th the couple were married at Westminster Abbey where it's estimated 2 billion world wide watched the proceedings, the horse drawn carriage the wedding ceremony plus the ride back to Buckingham Palace for the traditional kiss given by the two on the balcony. The world was enthralled and of a truth it can be said they fell in love with Will and Kate. It goes without saying that William already was held in high regard due to the fact he is the son of the remarkable Princess Diana but then there's his new bride, Kate Middleton who seems to fit the description of what all would like to see of an almost fairy tale princess. Without a doubt these two will be considered perhaps the biggest news makers of 2011.
Back to the Canadian story, what an honour, privilege it was to have these most renown individuals, attend and celebrate our nations holiday celebrations! Large numbers usually attend the annual festivities in the nation's capital but never has Ottawa seen numbers like this, breaking records with 300,000 in attendance! Arrive Will and Kate making their way in a horse drawn carriage towards Parliament Hill with thousands of well wishers! That they'd make their arrival this way; reminiscent of their wedding, some sixty days prior what a treat they allowed Canadians to have!
Later as the dignitaries gave speeches on stage and the musicians performed Prince William approached the podium and spoke some very honouring words towards Canada, beginning first with a Canadian connection concerning Kate, that her grandfather had told her that he trained as a pilot in Canada during WW2, in Alberta, and who held this country dear to his heart.
This actually was a little known fact and for many years after the war was considered information almost classified. There were two places pilots trained in Canada, the province of Alberta being one of them. This was hushed up at the time I would assume so spies couldn't observe pilot fighter manoeuvres. To understand Kate Middleton's grandfather had involvement with this gives that little bit of added sense of endearment towards the Royal couple.
Further statements by William concerning the contributions of the Canadian military were particularly moving stating that the nation can be immensely proud over the role Canada played in Afghanistan, and being in defence for the cause of freedom in many parts of the world, adding that our troops are revered and very much respected. These were the things I believe Canada longed and truly needed to hear, an acknowledgement from the crown in this regard. William closed his statements relating that he and Kate were looking forward to the next eight days on the Canadian tour and all I can say it was a great privilege to have them here. . Thank you Will and Kate! It was a Canada Day which will be long remembered!