By Sarah Klein
To honour Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee, two new Amber Jubilee Ninebark shrubs will be planted in Winnipeg on Monday.
Lt.-Gov. Philip S. Lee and Culture, Heritage and Tourism Minister Flor Marcelino will plant the shrubs on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building.
“When Her Majesty visited Manitoba in 2010, she took part in a ceremonial planting of the special commemorative shrub developed by a nursery in Portage la Prairie to mark the 2012 Diamond Jubilee celebrations now being held throughout Canada this year and, indeed, the Commonwealth,” Lee said.
The ceremonial planting will take place in front of the Queen Victoria statue on the north grounds of the Legislative Building at 11 a.m. on Victoria Day.
Manitoba began celebrating Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee on Monday, beginning with a flag-raising outside the Manitoba Legislature.
Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee and Premier Greg Selinger then both signed a book of celebration, which will be open to the public for three months in the foyer of the Manitoba Legislature.
An ice sculpture near the statue of Queen Victoria was later unveiled on the north lawn.
An architectural lighting display at the Legislature can be seen each evening from 6 to 10 p.m. until Sunday, February 12.
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Manitoba will mark Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee along with other provinces during several events planned for today.
To begin celebrations, military cadets will raise the Queen’s Canadian flag at the front of the Manitoba Legislature at 7:30 a.m., where it will be flown for one day before being put on display in Government House.
At noon, Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee and Premier Greg Selinger will be the first to sign a public book of celebration located in the front foyer of the Legislature. The book will remain open to the public for three months to add their well wishes.
A Diamond Jubilee ice sculpture will be unveiled at the Manitoba Legislature located near the statue of Queen Victoria on the north lawn at 5:45 p.m.
At 6 p.m., the Canadian flag will be lowered by cadets, folded and presented to the lieutenant-governor, followed by an architectural lighting display of the Legislature. The display can be seen each evening from 6 to 10 p.m. until Sunday, February 12.
By Sarah Klein
Canada Post on Monday honoured the Diamond Jubilee at the Museum of Civilization in Ottawa by unveiling a new postage stamp featuring a photograph of Queen Elizabeth II.
The stamp — now available at post offices nationwide — shows Her Majesty in her royal robes and tiara, waving from the window of a carriage.
Canada Post also made available the first of six Diamond Jubilee mini-panes of four stamps issued as part of a limited edition keepsake folder.
A final stamp issue will feature an engraved stamp with two portraits of the Queen, a design inspired by the famous Canadian stamp issued, in 1897, for Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
It was a non-stop trip in Winnipeg Saturday for Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip. The monarch spent the day at several locations throughout the city, greeting a few lucky Manitobans along the way.
The Queen arrived in Toronto late last night, where she will begin the final leg of her Royal Tour, which ends on Tuesday.
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It was a royal welcome Saturday afternoon at Winnipeg’s James Richardson International Airport as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip touched down shortly after noon.
Her Majesty and the Duke of Edinburgh were the first two passengers to arrive at the new still-under-construction air terminal building.
The Queen was greeted by roughly 1,500 invited guests, along with dignitaries and a throng of local and international media.
“Ma’am, Sir, we are delighted that you have chosen our home as one of your stops on the Canadian tour,” said Barry Rempel, president and CEO of Winnipeg Airports Authority. “It is truly an honour to have you with us, and to welcome you as the very first passengers to arrive at the new terminal.”
A letter written to Manitoba’s youth was signed by the Queen and placed into a time capsule, not to be opened until 2060. The contents of the letter are a secret, but some speculate it contains words of encouragement for youth to strive their best to be active in their community.
Following a brief ceremony on the upper level of the terminal, the Queen made her way down an escalator to the sounds of a 70-piece orchestra where she accepted a bouquet of flowers from two flower girls.
The Royal Tour was only in town a little more than six hours before heading to Toronto, but there was still a lot to squeeze in. Following the Queen’s arrival, her motorcade made it to Government House right on time, where a private reception and luncheon took place before a public walkabout in the garden. While at the Lieutenant-Governor Philip Lee‘s residence, the Queen unveiled a statue of herself created by the late Manitoba sculptor Leo Mol. The monarch also grabbed a shovel and helped plant a shrub in honour of her 2012 jubilee.
With a late afternoon tornado watch now in effect for Winnipeg and surrounding areas, the Queen made her way to The Forks where thousands of people waited several hours in hot and humid conditions to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty. Accompanied by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and other dignitaries, the Queen and Prince Philip walked over the Esplanade Riel foot bridge from St. Boniface, where they attended a ceremony dedicating a cornerstone to the future Canadian Museum for Human Rights. The monument contained stone from Runnymede in England, the site of the Magna Carta signing in 1215.
A few hundred yards away, a covered box was waiting for the Queen to sit and listen to the entertainment on the Scotiabank Stage, featuring local singer-songwriter Chantal Kreviazuk, and performances by the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, Chic Gamine and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Moments later — with rain clouds hanging in the balance — the Queen delivered a short speech to the crowd before departing for CFB 17 Wing.
As the Queen’s motorcade pulled up to the tarmac, the rain clouds gave way and the Queen’s famous umbrella made an appearance as she bid her final farewells to well-wishers.
Shortly before 7 p.m., the Queen’s jet took to the skies, enroute to Ontario, where she will end her Canadian tour on Tuesday. The Queen arrived in Toronto at about 10 p.m. ET.
It was a whirlwind return visit to the province, but one that many will not soon forget. The Queen last visited Manitoba’s capital in 2002.
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Queen Elizabeth II arrives in Winnipeg Saturday afternoon as part of her Royal Tour, and will be one of the first passengers to try out the new air terminal building at James Richardson International Airport.
The Queen and Prince Philip will arrive at 12:20 p.m. at Gate 7 and meet with dignitaries, including Premier Greg Selinger and Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee, before the Queen signs a letter to Manitoba’s youth. The letter will be placed in a time capsule and be opened in 2060.
Following a brief ceremony to unveil a plaque commemorating the royal couple’s arrival, the Queen and Prince Philip will make their way down an escalator at the still-under-construction air terminal building to collect their luggage.
At 12:55 p.m., the Queen and Prince Philip will make their way from the airport to Government House, where a pre-luncheon reception is scheduled to take place before the Lieutenant-Governor hosts a lunch at 1:50 p.m.
At 4:20 p.m., the Queen and Prince Philip will proceed to the gardens of Government House for a statue unveiling, rededication of the gardens and a walkabout, including a tree planting and plaque unveiling.
At 5:20 p.m., the Queen’s motorcade will arrive at the site for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights at The Forks, where a musket salute, cornerstone unveiling and dedication, and walkabout will take place.
Twenty minutes later, the Queen and Prince Philip will arrive at the Scotiabank Stage for the Manitoba Homecoming Concert for Human Rights. At 6 p.m., the Queen will address the crowd before departing at 6:05 p.m. for the Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg to head off to Toronto.
Organizers suggest the best place for the public to see the Queen is at The Forks beginning at 5:40 p.m.
ChrisD.ca will have coverage of the Queen’s visit to Winnipeg, with multiple cameras capturing her journey through the city.