Phil The Greek In Canada

#8
There's a lot more detail in the CBC story:
Prince Philip's love affair with Canada - Canada - CBC News

The story includes a number of good of photos of Prince Philip and Her Majesty at various points in their life. Here's one with
"The Queen in her coronation gown and Prince Philip in the uniform of a colonel-in-chief of the Royal Canadian Regiment present a royal picture as they drive in an open carriage to open Canada's Parliament, Oct. 14, 1957. "

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The story mentions that he has visited Canada more than 70 times.

The story also debunks the supposed "gaffe" where he said of Canada: "we don’t come here for our health, we can think of other ways of spending our time," That comment was taken out of context and what was actually meant was "It was within the context of him talking about how the monarchy was there to serve the people and would be there as long as the people wanted."

There is a lot more going on than just presenting of new colours. There will be a parade and various military displays. The story mentions this is taking place at "Queen’s Park". This is the location of the provincial (Ontario) capital buildings in Toronto, and is right downtown in the middle of the city. The event is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of York (as Toronto was known then).

When precision military parachutists drop out of the sky over downtown Toronto tomorrow, they'll be taking advantage of a rare opportunity to demonstrate their tactical prowess for their royal colonel-in-chief.
(...) In addition to precision parachutists, rappellers will demonstrate their skills off office buildings near Queen’s Park. Weapons systems will also be on display, all of it creating what Quick calls a "cool juxtaposition" between past and present.

Harris expects Philip will be intrigued by everything on display.

"He's always had a strong interest in technology, so it's likely the Duke of Edinburgh will be asking plenty of questions about the military technology that he sees."
If anyone is the area, it sounds like it would be a very interesting time.
 
#9
There's a lot more detail in the CBC story:
Prince Philip's love affair with Canada - Canada - CBC News

The story includes a number of good of photos of Prince Philip and Her Majesty at various points in their life. Here's one with
"The Queen in her coronation gown and Prince Philip in the uniform of a colonel-in-chief of the Royal Canadian Regiment present a royal picture as they drive in an open carriage to open Canada's Parliament, Oct. 14, 1957. "

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The story mentions that he has visited Canada 70 times.

The story also debunks the supposed "gaffe" where he said of Canada: "we don’t come here for our health, we can think of other ways of spending our time," That comment was taken out of context and what was actually meant was "It was within the context of him talking about how the monarchy was there to serve the people and would be there as long as the people wanted."

There is a lot more going on than just presenting of new colours. There will be a parade and various military displays. The story mentions this is taking place at "Queen’s Park". This is the location of the provincial (Ontario) capital buildings in Toronto, and is right downtown in the middle of the city. The event is the 200th anniversary of the Battle of York (as Toronto was known then).



If anyone is the area, it sounds like it would be a very interesting time.
Just a thought. But as it's normal protocol for Princes to do a stint in teh Armed Forces. What do you think if they did a stint in teh Canadian or Australian armed forces instead?
 
#10
Just a thought. But as it's normal protocol for Princes to do a stint in teh Armed Forces. What do you think if they did a stint in teh Canadian or Australian armed forces instead?
I can't think of a problem in principle. The problem would be to put it into practise at this time. Perhaps a temporary stint as an exchange officer?

For the current generation though, I think there's only William and Harry available. The MoD probably wouldn't want to let go of Harry after spending loads of money training him as an Apache pilot, when neither Canada nor Australia have any Apache pilots to lend in return. Perhaps that might change after Afghanistan winds down if the MoD decides to stick some of the Apaches in storage to "save money".

As for William, the British newspapers would scream bloody murder if Wills and Kate were to hike off to the colonies when a royal baby is on the way. I can't see Cameron being willing to let William out of his clutches for now when there's all that free publicity to be got just by standing near them.

I think one of the princes (I can't remember who) spent a year in school in Canada as a teenager. Canada doesn't have much in the way of paparazzi and has a fairly robust way of dealing with annoying news twats, so he was able to keep a pretty low profile while he was here.
 
#11
Just a thought. But as it's normal protocol for Princes to do a stint in teh Armed Forces. What do you think if they did a stint in teh Canadian or Australian armed forces instead?
It has happened IIRC. Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught and (someplace) served in Canada and fought against Fenian invasers in the Battle of Eccles Hill in 1870(??)

I gather Prince Arthur loved Canada and made many visits and later in life was the Governor General and Viceroy. A Canadian regiment, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry was named for Prince Arthur's daughter who was the first Colonel in Chief of the Regiment.
 
#13
I can't think of a problem in principle. The problem would be to put it into practise at this time. Perhaps a temporary stint as an exchange officer?

For the current generation though, I think there's only William and Harold available. The MoD probably wouldn't want to let go of Harold after spending loads of money training him as an Apache pilot, when neither Canada nor Australia have any Apache pilots to lend in return. Perhaps that might change after Afghanistan winds down if the MoD decides to stick some of the Apaches in storage to "save money".

As for William, the British newspapers would scream bloody murder if Wills and Kate were to hike off to the colonies when a royal baby is on the way. I can't see Cameron being willing to let William out of his clutches for now when there's all that free publicity to be got just by standing near them.

I think one of the princes (I can't remember who) spent a year in school in Canada as a teenager. Canada doesn't have much in the way of paparazzi and has a fairly robust way of dealing with annoying news twats, so he was able to keep a pretty low profile while he was here.
No Wahs..

... I believe it's Henry, not Harold.

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#15
I can't think of a problem in principle. The problem would be to put it into practise at this time. Perhaps a temporary stint as an exchange officer?

For the current generation though, I think there's only William and Harry available. The MoD probably wouldn't want to let go of Harry after spending loads of money training him as an Apache pilot, when neither Canada nor Australia have any Apache pilots to lend in return. Perhaps that might change after Afghanistan winds down if the MoD decides to stick some of the Apaches in storage to "save money".

As for William, the British newspapers would scream bloody murder if Wills and Kate were to hike off to the colonies when a royal baby is on the way. I can't see Cameron being willing to let William out of his clutches for now when there's all that free publicity to be got just by standing near them.

I think one of the princes (I can't remember who) spent a year in school in Canada as a teenager. Canada doesn't have much in the way of paparazzi and has a fairly robust way of dealing with annoying news twats, so he was able to keep a pretty low profile while he was here.
Prince Charles spent a year at some school in Ontario as I recall.
 
#16
It has happened IIRC. Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught and (someplace) served in Canada and fought against Fenian invasers in the Battle of Eccles Hill in 1870(??)

I gather Prince Arthur loved Canada and made many visits and later in life was the Governor General and Viceroy. A Canadian regiment, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry was named for Prince Arthur's daughter who was the first Colonel in Chief of the Regiment.
Our version of Bisley is also named after him (Connaught Ranges) and the British Columbia Regiment are the Duke of Connaught's Own.
 
#17
I believe that the DOE values the Commonwealth highly, nowhere more so than Canada, and that his knowledge of the Commonwealth even exceeds the combined wisdom of ARRSE.

Very best wishes to 3 RCR and all involved for a successful and happy day.
 

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