Speech by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at the Garrison Grounds, Halifax on June 28th, 2010.

"Votre Excellence, Monsieur le Premier Ministre du Canada, Votre Honneur, Monsieur le Premier Ministre de la Nouvelle-Ecosse.

Prince Philip and I are very glad to have returned to Nova Scotia today to begin this tour of Canada, my 22nd visit as Queen of Canada. My mother once said that this country felt like a home away from home for the Queen of Canada. Prime Minister, I am please to report that it still does and I am delighted to be back amongst you all.

It has been sixteen years since I was last here in Nova Scotia. Premier, there can be few places where the motto of One Hundred Thousand Welcomes is put into practice with such conviction. Prince Philip and I are so very grateful to you all for the warmth of your greeting.

La richesse de l'histoire et la vitalite de la culture des provinces et des territories sont une source d'inspiration et une raison de celebrer pour tous les Canadiens. Alors que nous commencons notre visite ici en Nouvelle-Ecosse, le prince Philip et moi-memem envisageons avec plaisir de participer aux activities soulignant l'histoire canadienne de service - nous nous rappellerons la vitalite indefectible des Micmacs, nous celebrerons le centenaire de la Marine canadienne et nous serons temoins de l'espirt de benevolat qui a contribue a l'edification et a l'espanouissement des collectivies et du pays.

Canadians have, by their own endeavours, built a country and society which is widely-admired across the world. I am fortunate to have been a witness to many of the developments and accomplishments of modern Canada. As Queen of Canada for nearly six decades, my pride in this country remains undimmed. Thank you again for your welcome. It is very good to be home."

 

 Quote by HRH Princess Elizabeth while in Halifax in 1951:

"Wherever we have been throughout the 10 provinces in your great cities, in your towns, in your villages and indeed in almost every mile that we have travelled through fields, forests, prairies and mountains, we have been welcomed with a warmth of heart that has made us feel how truly we belong to Canada."

 

Quote by HRH Princess Elizabeth while in Halifax in 1951:

"We have enjoyed our visit to this historic city and have delighted to meet it's fine people who have always remained faithful to the traditions of Joseph Howe. We shall take away with us the memories of your wonderful welcome which was quite undimmed by the wind and the weather. We thank you for it, it has indeed made us wish to return." 

 

Quote by HM King George VI at Halifax, June 15th, 1939.

"We have had the privilege of meeting Canadians, old and young, of many proud racial origins and in all walks of life. We hope we have made many friends among you."

 

 Quote by HRH Prince Andrew while in Halifax at Province House, June 26th, 1985.

"Standing here on the steps of Province House, I am reminded of how this building has been for so long the unchanged centre of a growing and developing provincial capital; in this building the first steps toward responsible government in the British Commonwealth were taken..."

 

Quote by HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) while in Halifax in 1983.

"I'm particularly pleased that my wife's first experience of Canada should be here. I know that Halifax has many firsts to its name. It was the first city in British North America, and it's the first city to welcome my wife to Canada."

 

 Quote by HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) while in Nova Scotia in 1983.

"This particular part of the world is one of the friendliest if not the friendliest in Canada. My wife and I have discovered that clearly during the course of the day."

 

Quote by HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) while in Nova Scotia in 1983.

"Really it is extraordinary how they have prospered and how all of you, their descendants, have succeeded and made such a marvelous show here in Nova Scotia. I am sure that in the next hundred years you will be even more successful than in the first two hundred years. I'm sure that we shall be able to send our son or perhaps several by then, you never know."

 

Quote by HRH The Prince of Wales (Prince Charles) while in Nova Scotia in 1983.

"I believe that this is the first royal visit to this particular area of south-west Nova Scotia and so ladies and gentlemen may I bring you all the belated gratitude of the late King George the Third for your unswerving loyalty and devotion to the British crown." 

 

 Quote by HRH Princess Margaret in Halifax at the State Banquet at the Hotel Nova Scotian, 1958:

"Very soon I must leave you and start on my journey for home, but the kindness which I have met from all the people in all the places I have visited makes me feel that I have a second home here, and I am left with a strong feeling that I should like to come back to Canada. I hope I may be able to do this before too long." Adding "I have had a really lovely time."

 

Quote by HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother in Halifax, 1967.

"I am indeed happy to be in Halifax again....I cherish many vivid memories of my visit here with the King over a quarter of a century ago..." 

 

 Quote by HM Queen Elizabeth II in Halifax, 1976.

"It is a real pleasure for us to be here again in Nova Scotia where members of my family have always been made so welcome. During the last two days I have been moved and delighted by the loyalty and affection show to us wherever we have been. To your "a hundred thousand welcomes.", I reply "a million thanks!".

 

Speech by HRH The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) while in Halifax in 1860.

"I have been led to expect that the loyalty and attachment to the British Crown which exist amongst the inhabitants of Halifax, would insure me to a kind reception in your city, but the scene which I have witnessed this morning proves that my expectations are more than realized.

For your welcom to myself I feel, I assure you, sincere gratitude, - but it is still more satisfactory to me, as a son and as an Englishman, to witness your affectionate attachment to the Queen, and to the laws and institutions of our common country.

Your allusion to my illustrious Grandfather  (referring to the Duke of Kent to had lived in Halifax) is a most grateful to my feelings, and I rejoice to find that his memory is cherished amongst you.

In your noble harbour the navies of Britain can ride in safety, whilst you prosecute that commercial activity, which, under their protection, would seem destined to make Halifax one of the most important cities of the Western Wrold, and to raise her inhabitants to a high position of wealth and prosperity. That such may be the fate reserved for it by Providence, is my very earnest hope.

I request you to convey to the citizens of who you are the representatives, my cordial thanks for the greeting they have given me."

 

Speech by HRH The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) while in Halifax in 1860.

"I am deeply touched by the warmth and cordiality with which I have been welcomed to this colony, and I thank you most heartily for your address.

It will be my duty, and it certainly will be no less a pleasure to me, to inform Her Majesty (his mother, Queen Victoria) of the proofs which you have given me of your feelings of loyalty and devotion to her Throne, and of your gratitude for those blessings, which it is her happiness to reflect, have, during her reign, been bestowed upoin you, and so, many others of her subjects in all parts of the world.

Most heartily do I symathise in the pride with which you regard the laurels won by the sons of Nova Scotia, and the affection with which you honour the memory of those who have fallen in the service of my country and yours.

The monument you refer to, will kindle the flame of patriotism in the breasts of those volunteers whom I have passed to-day, and, who is this, and the colony which I have lately quitted, are emulating the zeal and gallant spirit which have been exhibited throughout the mother country.

One hundred years have now elapsed since the international struggles which retarded the prosperity of this country were brought to a close.

May peace and harmony amongst yourselves complete the good work which then commenced, and increase the happiness and contentment of a loyal and united people."

 

 

Speech by HRH The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) while in Colchester County, NS in 1860.

" Accept my thanks for this address and for your welcome to the County of Colchester and town of Truro. I gladly pause for a moment, on my journey, to receive this additional proof of the loyalty of this Province, and of the hearty reception which they have prepared for the son of their Queen. I shall never forget the many interesting scenes which have passed in quick succession before me since I landed in these Colonies."

 

Speech by HRH The Duke of Cornwall & York (later King George V) in Halifax, 1901.

"Our pleasure in coming amongst you is tinged with regret that we are on the eve of departure from the great country where during the five weeks of our stay we have received so hearty and generous a hospitality, and found so many kind friends. Bearing in mind the many happy days which I have  spent in your city and province I am particularly pleased to find myself here again, and that on this occasion the Duchess (his wife, Princess May of Teck, later known as Queen Mary) is with me.

It is perhaps fitting that we should take leave of Canada in the province that was the first  over which the British flag waved, a province so full of moving, checkered, historical memories, and that embarking from your capital, which stands unrivalled among the naval ports of the world, we should pass through waters that are celebrated in the annals of our glorious navy. I am glad to gather from the address of the university of Dalhousie that in the midst of that material prosperity you happily enjoy, you have not neglected the interests of higher education. You recognize that nothing is so essential to the advancement of the people as adequate provision for a training which will keep the coming generation abreast of the march of intellectual progress and scientific knowledge.

We share in your regrets as to the shortness of our stay which will prevent us from judging for ourselves of the great mineral wealth and other resources for which your province is famed. We trust that the development of these resources already attained is but an earnest  of a still greater future. In bidding you farewell we wish to make known how greatly we have  been impressed by the affectionate sympathy with which we have been received by the people of the Dominion, and we pray that the divine blessing may rest upon them and theirs, and upon those in whose hands is placed the guidance of its destinies."

 

Speech by HRH The Duke of Cornwall & York (later King George V) in Halifax, 1901.

"The duty which has been entrusted to me by the ladies of Halifax is a very pleasant one. On their behalf I am asked to present these new colours to the 66th Princess Louise Fusiliers. The regiment bears the name of my dear aunt, to whom His Honour (refering to the Lieutenant Governor) has just referred in such kind terms, and who, I assure you, still cherishes the happiest recollections of the years she spent in Canada. There is also the additional interest in the fact that the first colours that your regiment carriers, and which today are replaced by these new ones, were presented by my great-grandfather, the Duke of Kent, more than one hundred years ago. The old colours have never been unfurled in the face of the enemy, nor is it likely that any colours will again be taken into action; but I feel sure that the sentiment which surrounds them is a most precious element in that esprit de corps to maintain which is the pride of every regiment. Viewed in this light, I look upon this trust as no less sacred today than it was in the days of old, and I am sure these colours will be ever safe in your keeping." 

 

Quote from The Marquis of Lorne, Governor General of Canada (husband of Princess Louise) in response to one of many addresses they were greeted with during their arrival to Nova Scotia in 1878.

Referring to Queen Victoria "Her rule insures equal rights and privileges to all, and I note with pleasure your conviction that in upholding the integrity of our Empire you recognize the advantages of all, and that you are as determined as many of the people of our great Colonies to maintain that union which is the result of those natural ties, sustained by the free development of a Colony and fostered by its prosperity."

 

Quote from HM Queen Elizabeth II at the Sheraton Halifax Hotel in 1994.

"Nova Scotia has always represented a cornerstone of Confederation...Every time I come to Canada - and this is my third visit this decade - I am struck by the way in which this relatively young country combines respect for its traditions and for its past with an energetic optimism regarding the future."

"The program that you and the people of Nova Scotia laid out for us gave us the chance to pay homage to this history of Canada and to stress the investment in the future that prosperity depends upon." 

 

 Quote from HM Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother at the Highland Games in Antigonish in 1967.

"I bring you greetings from Old Scotland, and I would like you all to know - how delighted I am to be in this Highland stronghold of New Scotland; and I am so happy to see the way you are maintaining the music, dancing and athletic games - as well as the great traditions of the Scottish people."

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