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What’s in the news this week? Mail Delivery Resumes, Royals Visit Canada, Fireworks, Fireworks and More Fireworks.

Some royal visitors are coming to Canada and spending Canada Day in the Nation’s capital (an understatement!). Their arrival should completely clog up the streets of downtown Ottawa on July 1st (Canada Day) and add to the party mood that normally engulfs the city. Expect a good fireworks display! Weather forecast looks very promising!


The above image was from the days of the Tulip Festival. See the other side of the artwork (the Kiss) here.

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The Government has announced the details of itinerary for the visit on the govt’s website: Itinerary for 2011 Royal Tour.

For Ottawa, the details are as follows (subject to change so check the official site for any last minute changes)

Thursday June 30, 2011
2:00 p.m. (EDT) Arrival in Canada
Their Royal Highnesses, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, arrive at the Canada Reception Centre in the Ottawa Macdonald-Cartier International Airport where they are greeted according to Canadian custom and protocol. (Separate from the main airport terminal – no easy public viewing locations!)
2:35 p.m. Laying of a Wreath at the National War Memorial – *Public Event*
3:15 p.m. Official Welcome Ceremony to Canada – *Public Event* – At Rideau Hall, the Governor General and the Prime Minister officially welcome Their Royal Highnesses to Canada and the National Capital Region. This event features full military honours including a 21-gun salute.
6:00 p.m. Celebration of Youth Barbecue Reception – Their Royal Highnesses recognize Canadian youth who, through dedicated service both at home and abroad, are building a better Canada.

Friday July 1, 2011
Canada Day! – National Capital Region
10:30 a.m. – Canadian Citizenship Ceremony at the Canadian Museum of Civilization – To demonstrate how civic pride is celebrated and the integral role of the Sovereign in our constitutional monarchy, Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge attend a Citizenship Ceremony welcoming Canada’s newest citizens.
12:05 p.m. Canada Day Parliament Hill Noon Show – *Public Event* – Their Royal Highnesses join millions of Canadians celebrating Canada’s 144th Birthday. Steeped in artistic talent and cultural vitality, Canadians are treated to full military honours, a 21-gun salute and a fly past by the Canadian Forces CF-18s and Snowbirds.

Friday Evening – FIREWORKS on PARLIAMENT HILL. (Click here for our free on-line Fireworks Tutorial)

By Ron

Ron has long had an interest in photography and traveling and, in recent years, has had more time to devote to both activities. Long a Pentax user, Ron switched to Nikon gear when he went digital. The advent of the digital SLR camera, and the ease of the internet blogging process, has provided a venue for sharing his photography and travel experience at the local, national and international level. More about Ron

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