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60th Anniversary Of The Queen’s Coronation

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The Queen officially marked the 60-year anniversary of her coronation on Sunday.

Elizabeth, now 87, was crowned in the abbey on June 2, 1953. She was just 27 years old when she ascended to the throne, taking over from her father, King George VI.

“I was at the side of the road selling programs as a boy scout, when the coronation took place, and I was in Trafalgar Square and I remember it so well. It was like yesterday,” one man told the BBC about being at the coronation.

The 1953 coronation was the first to be broadcast on television.

British monarchs have been crowned in the ancient London church since William the Conqueror in 1066.

Around 2,000 people, including more than 20 members of the royal family, attended Tuesday’s service.

The service included hymns, prayers, a reading from Prime Minister David Cameron and a poem written for the occasion by poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

“Sixty years ago, in this holy place, Queen Elizabeth II was anointed with holy oil, clothed with sacred garments,” said the Very Reverend Dr John Hall, the 38th Dean of Westminster.

“We gather to give thanks to Almighty God, for the faithful ministry and dutiful service the Queen continues to offer God and the people of this nation,” he said.

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, spiritual head of the Anglican church, told the congregation that the service celebrated the queen’s “path of demanding devotion and utter self-sacrifice, a path she did not choose, yet to which she was called by God.”

“Today we celebrate 60 years since that moment, 60 years of commitment,” the Archbishop said.

The jewel-encrusted, golden St. Edward’s Crown which the queen she wore at her coronation sat on the High Altar — the first time it has left the Tower of London since 1953.

It was accompanied by a vial of aromatic oil, from the same batch used at the coronation, carried to the altar by representatives of the British people, including children and a school crossing guard.

The monarch wore oyster silk-satin brocade dress and coat, similar in colour to her silk coronation gown.

Prince Philip, 91, was at Tuesday’s service despite pulling out of an engagement on Monday due to illness.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — Prince William and Catherine — were also at the ceremony. The couple’s first baby is due in July. It will be the first time since they attended a public event at the Abbey since their marriage ceremony in April 2011.

The baby will become third in line to the throne.

60th Anniversary Of The Queens Coronation!

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A right royal celebration on Regent Street – it turned purple yesterday with 189 flags to celebrate the 60th anniversary of The Queen’s Coronation!

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police

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The Royal Canadian Mounted Police was formed in 1920 by the merger of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police (RNWMP, founded 1873) with the Dominion Police (founded 1868). The former was originally named the North-West Mounted Police (NWMP), and was given the Royal prefix by King Edward VII in 1904. Much of the present-day organization’s symbolism has been inherited from its days as the NWMP, including the distinctive Red Serge uniform, paramilitary heritage, and mythos as a frontier force. The RCMP/GRC wording is specifically protected under the Trade-marks Act.[6]

As the national police force of Canada, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police is primarily responsible for enforcing federal laws throughout Canada, while general law and order including the enforcement of the Criminal Code and applicable provincial legislation is constitutionally the responsibility of the provinces and territories. Largest cities commonly form their own municipal police departments.

Spring Is In Full Bloom At The Flag Store Head Office!

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Our spring tulips at our Barrie Head Office are showing their true colours again this year! What a wonderful time of the year this is!

May 6th Is Blue And White Day In Toronto!

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Toronto marks ‘Blue and White Day’ today May 6th 2013

In honour of the Toronto Maple Leafs being in the playoffs, Mayor Rob Ford declared Monday “Blue and White Day.” Mayor Rob Ford is urging Leafs fans to show their support by wearing blue and white today.

You can buy the Maple Leafs, Boston Bruin or any of the other sports flags at our 3 store locations in Thornton, Barrie and Woodbridge stores.

It’s St. George’s Day

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In 1222 the Council of Oxford declared April 23rd to be St George’s Day It was not until 1348 that St George became the Patron Saint of England In 1415, St George’s Day was declared a national feast day and holiday in England. Traditional customs were to fly the St George’s flag and wear a red rose in one’s lapel. At present St George’s Day is no longer a national holiday. The 23 April 1616 was also the date of the death of the English playwright William Shakespeare. UNESCO marked this historic date by declaring it the International Day of the Book.

Today is Earth Day!

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Monday, April 22, is Earth Day — a day which has been observed in the United States since 1970, and globally since 1990, to mark the start of the environmental movement. Canada’s celebrating the day in 2013 with a month-long challenge called ‘Act for the Planet.’

Our booth at the 2013 National BIA Conference

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The 2013 BIA National Conference held in Toronto this year was a great success attacking the highest attendance record ever of over 300 BIA’s. There were many highlights including The Premier of Ontario, Kathleen Wynne and Keynote Speaker, Ian Troop, CEO, TO2015, Toronto2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games.

It was an honour to meet Kathleen Wynne at BIA Conference!

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It was truly and honour to meet Kathleen Wynne, The Premier of Ontario earlier this week at The 2013 National BIA Conference held in Toronto. The Conference was a big success, congratulations to everyone involved!

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