Monday, June 28, 2010

Queen Elizabeth II, Canucks fan

With Queen Elizabeth II arriving in Halifax today to kick-off a royal visit to Canada, I thought I'd share some pictures I took during her 2002 visit to Canada. That trip included a stop in Vancouver, where I was living at the time, and came the fall after Canada's double Olympic gold-medal hockey win in Salt Lake City.

The highlight of her West-coast visit was a pre-season hockey game at GM Place between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks, which I attended. The Queen and Prince Phillip were escorted to centre ice for the ceremonial puck drop by Wayne Gretzky, Ed Jovanovski and Cassie Campbell.

After the puck-drop, ably won by Canucks captain Markus Naslund, the royal party headed up to a special royal box to watch the game. While she was only scheduled to stay for the first period, the Queen enjoyed the game so much she stayed into the second period, and when she got to the Hotel Vancouver, reportedly asked if she could watch the rest of the game on television.

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