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Queen Elizabeth the II's funeral: Canadian ceremony in Ottawa
On september 19th, Clan Logan was seen paying tribute to the late Queen Elizabeth the 2nd in the Nation's capital.
The event was supposed to start at 9 but due to the rain it was decided to move the parade to noon. The parade was also moved so that non federal workers could view it on their lunch break. The parade marched off from Cartier Drill Hall, home of the Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa right next to Ottawa City Hall. It then went down Elgin street before turning on Wellington going past the Parliament Buildings. Due to the many road closures, the staff handling the parade advised me to head over to the center block of the parliament before 10 as to not get blocked off and to find a spot to watch. By 11:30 friends Beth and Tony from my Pipe Band The Sons of Scotland had joined me to view the parade as well. The city had provided electronic billboards around the street that covered the parade as it went down as well as give us interesting information/facts. The parade was led by horse mounted RCMP officers, these horses were gifted by the monarchy as a way of thanks for the dedication that Canada had to the Monarchy. Following was a group of mixed Pipe Band players including the RCAF, RCMP, Camerons and members of the Black Watch. Following the parade since I was the only person in a kilt, I was interviewed by Radio Canada as well as two independent journalists/content makers about my reasons for being at the event and for what the queen means to me. I was upset to find out that 90% left the celebration being held by invitation only in a anglican church on the corner of Sparks and Wellington. The invitation was for current and former politicians, first nation leaders, leaders of army and RCMP regiments that the Queen had ties to, as well as local charities. Justin Trudeau the Prime Minister of Canada was the only one not attending since he was offered a personal invitation by King Charles the 3ed to the official ceremony in London UK.
I'm glad that I was able to attend the ceremony, the queen represents the vast union of nations and of people despite ethnicity, religion or culture.
Photos are provided by CBC/Radio Canada