Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Vancouver, British Columbia in March 1983. Being a fan of royalty, I asked my boyfriend (now husband) Michael if we could drive into the city, about two hours west of here, to see the royal couple. It was a work day for him, but he agreed.
We left early, probably before 8 a.m., on a cool, cloudy morning. Once in Vancouver, we parked near Granville Square, one of the city’s tallest buildings, and met up with Michael’s co-worker, Evan. We mingled with the crowd at the site of the future Canada Place (back then it was still CP Railway's Pier B-C), while we waited for Her Majesty’s Yacht Britannia to arrive.
A vendor handed red balloons and Union Jack flags to the public. Although there was a fair amount of people, we had a good view of The Queen.
After the ceremony concluded, we drove to nearby Stanley Park, where HM The Queen was scheduled to officially open the Graham Amazon Gallery at the Vancouver Aquarium.
It was an exciting day for us, especially since it was the first time we saw Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip in person.
Copyright © 2016, Yvonne Demoskoff.