Jul 01, 2011 — This is a major holiday weekend, on both side of the border. Today is Canada Day, marking 144 years of national confederation. On Monday, the U.S. celebrates 235 years of independence.
Adding to the party in Ottawa is a visit from Prince William and his bride Catherine. Will and Kate are launching their first official tour since their wedding in late April.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge generate high interest in Canada and abroad. Hotel rooms across Ottawa have reportedly sold out and close to 1400 media press passes have been issued to journalists from over a dozen countries.
So, how to choose? Should you brave the crowds to watch the royals at the lively Parliament Hill party, with music, ceremony and fireworks...or enjoy holiday fun with family, in your own community? Lucy Martin asked around ahead of the big day, to see what Ottawa residents think and where they plan to celebrate. Go to full article
Apr 28, 2011 — Friday morning at 6:00 am Eastern time, Prince William will marry his commoner bride, Catherine Middleton in historic Westminster Abbey.
Media coverage is reaching a frenzy, with almost no story angle or detail left unexamined.
The biggest fuss is over the pond, in England. But Canada is a constitutional monarchy, which means William is in line to head the country one day, just as his grandmother, Elizabeth the second, is Canada's current Queen.
Lucy Martin strolled her own rural village of Kars, Ontario, to gauge interest in the big event. She talked with Judy Seabrook, Perry Adams of Kars, salon owner Gabriele Walker, customer Don Stoodley from Ottawa and customers at Kelly's Hair Place, Hilda Arnold and Ann, both from Manotick, Ontario. She started with her next-door neighbor. Go to full article
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, in Jamaica last year. Source: Wikipedia
Gatineau, QC, Nov 03, 2009 — As Americans head to the polls today, Prince Charles and his wife, the Duchess of Cornwall, are in Canada for an 11-day tour, including appearances in Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa. It's the Prince of Wales' sixteenth visit to Canada, but his first since marrying Camilla. Royal watchers are pleased to see the famous couple first-hand. But for other Canadians, the tour revives questions about whether kings and queens should still have a place in Canada. Lucy Martin reports. Go to full article
Queen Elizabeth arrives for interfaith Thanksgiving service on Parliament Hill Sunday. (photo courtesy Lawrence Gitterman)
Oct 14, 2002 — Under driving wind and rain yesterday, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip attended a Canadian Thanksgiving service in Ottawa. About 3,500 people joined the royal couple for the outdoor ceremony on Parliament Hill. Todd Moe chats with some of the many royal watchers. Go to full article