Tuesday, May 20, 2014

A Princely Time


Look who was in town yesterday!


His Royal Highness Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales (in blue suit/right).


Following behind in red tie is our Premier Stephen McNeil,
 and in the middle our mayor, Michael Savage.


HRH was here in Halifax for 24 hours and in the Public Gardens
where he planted an Oak tree next to the one his grandfather,
King George VI, planted in 1939. The plaque in lower right
corner commemorates that visit.


I was surprised at the number of people who showed up to see the Prince.


May sound odd but I always felt a 'kindred spirit' with Prince Charles
as we were born in the same year.....1948.


I often thought while growing up what it would have been like to be born a Prince.


Boy, would things have been different. I am not saying better by any means....just different.


I am sure there are times when he may have wondered the same thing.


I was happy I got a chance to see Prince Charles yesterday.



28 comments:

  1. Hi Y'all!

    Oh what great photos you took of the Prince...with all those Press people trying to get photos, I'd bet you got the best ones!

    I remember when hubby and I were living in Toronto and our friend Steve invited us to sit in his box at the Royal Horse Show the day the Queen attended. Steve was driving the carriage that carried the Queen around the ring. She waved and smiled the same as we'd seen her do so many times on TV. The Black Watch performed and the Canadian Mounties did their amazing musical ride. The Royal Horse Show is held in November and is part of the Agricultural Fair. You can see amazing displays of blooming flowers and even more amazing to me was some large draft horses on an upper floor in stalls surrounded by produce. Every floor was filled with agricultural displays, like a giant county fair indoors.

    Another memory from the past...I was 8 years old and my Grandmother insisted I sit and watch the TV, in the daytime...in those days only test patterns were on TV, if anything, during the day...my Grandmother told me it was a once in a lifetime event...the Princess Elizabeth of England was getting crowned Queen...Grandmother was right...once in a lifetime...an event I've never forgotten. Nor will I ever forget seeing her at the royal horse show in Toronto.

    I wish i'd had a good camera in those days...but the pictures are forever imprinted in my mind.

    BrownDog's Human

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    1. Oh thanks so much! But the press had the best locations of course and we had to make due and was happy we got the spot we did.
      What an amazing experience for your friend Steve to have had! Oh the pomp and ceremony....great to watch I think.
      Lucky you to have watched the coronation! Your grandmother was a very intuitive woman indeed!
      Yes, our minds often take the best pictures.

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  2. Having grown up under the thumb of a duchess, I have to tell you it's not all it's cracked up to be.

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    1. Oh I can imagine the pressure, Mitchell!! lol
      But you seem to have survived it quite well I'd say.

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  3. A visit from Prince Charles, wonderful
    Smiles
    Great shots!

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    1. Thanks Margie! It was fun to see him and get caught up in all the excitement.

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  4. You managed to get some wonderful shots of Prince Charles and the other dignitaries as well, Jim! Did you have to work very hard to find a clear view of them? I'm not surprised there were a lot of people. Some complain about the monarchy but there is still mystery and wonder about the idea of a king, queen, prince or princess. And, it doesn't sound weird at all that you feel an affinity to the prince. I was born a year earlier, but my mother had a scrapbook full of articles about Queen Elizabeth. We made the trip to Montreal from our small town when she visited before her coronation (1951) and I think we were also among those lining the streets for her visit in 1959. We had little spoons and mementos. They were huge in Mum's life, and therefore in ours. I used to spend hours looking through her scrapbook. We also had a book as children with beautiful photos of Princess Anne and Prince Charles as toddlers in the gardens of Buckingham Palace. It showed their playhouse and their Corgis and it looked every bit as enchanted as I imagined a royal kingdom to be. Thanks for a lovely post!

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    1. We got there an hour and a half early and walked right to a spot that we thought would be good, Carol....and didn't budge!! I remember doing the same thing.....collecting and viewing books/magazines about the royal family. Their popularity is dwindling somewhat now but they still have a place in our culture and history I feel.

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  5. Very cool! He's looking right at you in that shot!

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    1. I know, Terry! I guess he recognized/sensed a 'kindred spirit' close by!! lol

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  6. Great photos, looks like you had a view right at the front. I'm not surprised at the crowds, all monarchy are still so popular, down here, William and Kate were surrounded by massive crowds everywhere, and they took time to talk, shake hands, accept gifts and flowers galore. I see the Duchess of Cambridge had a collar of the N.S. tartan ,on her blue coat, and later a scarf of the same, Very appropriate. This day will be a wonderful memory for so many in your place. Cheers, Jean.

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    1. Thanks Jean! We got there early and stood our ground, so to speak! No one was getting in front of us! Yes, the Duchess of Cornwall looked wonderful in her Nova Scotia tartan-trimmed coat.
      I love history and this is such a part of ours here.

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  7. You're a prince among men, Jim, what more do you need? Nice to see the royal couple getting a great reception in Halifax.

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    1. Not any more than that, Debra!! Thanks.
      Yes, the royal couple had a great visit to Nova Scotia.

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  8. He is looking quite vigorous and handsome. I am on my last day in Cornwall and have noticed a huge "locavore" pride in the Pubs and restaurants here. Coming in the train saw a fair amount of solar power setups. I have to imagine this is some of his influence.

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    1. I would agree with you Marti. Prince Charles is directly involved with a number of environmental programs as well as programs for youth. He does more than most people may think he does.
      He was very well groomed and in excellent shape.....he would have to be considering the schedule he keeps.
      Your holiday looks wonderful and your account of it was well done too. I would like to visit Cornwall sometime.

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  9. He looks quite happy to be there. I've always thought of him as a cranky old poop. Maybe he's not so bad, but when I saw prince, I hoped for William or Harry. Now that Harry has broken up with his girlfriend, I think he should marry The Hurricane. They would almost certainly have babies with red hair; it's time to have an American join the family firm in an honorable way; and The Hurricane would bring her brain and good looks. She and Harry are very distant cousins-- so distant it doesn't matter.

    Thanks for sharing the pictures.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. What a good plan you have here Janie! It has been a while since the 'firm' has had good ole American blood in their 'line'! And it would keep the dwindling 'red hair' gene going!
      He was quite animated throughout his stay here in Halifax, as was Camilla.

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  10. How exciting! It's nice to see that he got such a great reception. You were able to get some really good shots.

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    1. I managed to get a good spot Pat and stood my ground! lol

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  11. Not odd at all. Quite poignant actually.

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  12. Big photos, Jim. Hard to imagine you being there - another one behind a camera. Did you get a chance to smile at him?
    You are prince, no one can deny that!

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    1. Oh get out of here Sharon!! lol
      I was too busy snapping away. He has spent his life doing this kind of thing. He just 'sails by' with a smile.

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  13. beautiful photos, the prince is holding up quite well and his suite is quite becoming.

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    1. He looked pretty good Joanne.....good shape,crisp and energetic!!

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  14. I'd much prefer to see The Queen! Her golden jubilee was in 2012, around the same time as London hosted the Olympics, so it was all one big party in the UK! Did you see in the opening ceremony for the Olympics when she did the James Bond sketch? If not .. youtube it! What a sense of humour she has! Great photos nonetheless
    You are a Prince anyway ... Ron's Prince!

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    1. Oh Hayley-Eszti you are such a charmer!! lol
      I watched the Golden Jubilee as much as I could and enjoyed it a lot! Yes, the Queen is an incredible human being and is doing an amazing job with a good sense of Humour.....suppose one would have to, to take on what she does!!

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