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Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth undertook a six-month tour of the commonwealth from November 1953 to May 1954, following the monarch’s coronation. The trip saw the young royal couple visiting a plethora of countries, from Uganda and Bermuda to Fiji and Malta. They also spent three months in Australia and New Zealand and received a very warm welcome. People loved the 26-year-old Queen but, in fact, it was Prince Philip who had an alarming level of attention when the pair arrived in Australia in 1954.

The pair made their way through Sydney in a twenty-three-mile State procession.

Australians were so excited to spot the dashing Duke of Edinburgh, some of them could hardly contain themselves, Sarah Bradford said in her book Queen Elizabeth II: Her Life in our Times.

“Some of the crowd of 1,200,000 burst through pic barriers, halting the royal car on eight separate occasions,” said Bradford.

The attention towards the Duke of Edinburgh came from both men and woman who were all keen to touch the royal.

Ben Pimlott said in his book The Queen: “Men and women clutched Philip’s arm, tried to shake his hand, patted the royal shoulder and tossed confetti and flags int the car.”

Bradford added: “Later even Prince Philip was flustered by a crowd of teenagers wolf-whistling and screaming: ‘Isn’t he nice?… He’s beautiful.’”

Both the Queen and her husband “had become worldwide celebrities” since the coronation, said Bradford.

The event had subtly altered the public’s view of the monarch. “Millions had seen the Coronation on film,” wrote Bradford.

“[It was] a magical, mysterious and glittering ceremony which had elevated the central figure to the level of myth.

“Now people saw the reality, a lovely, shy, dignified, very young woman with a radiant complexion and a rare but glorious smile.”

Nevertheless, the six-month tour wasn’t easy for the young Queen and she struggled with some social interactions, Kitty Kelley claimed in her book The Royals.

“Highly disciplined, Elizabeth could stand for hours in the sun and ride a horse side-saddle for miles,” wrote Kelley.

“But interacting with people and having to make small talk with strangers for any extended period of time was a burden.”

It was on this front that her husband Prince Philip proved invaluable as he was very different. “[The Queen’s] gregarious husband enjoyed bantering with others and being flirtatious,” said Kelley. 

According to reporter Gwen Robyns, who was part of the small press contingent accompanying the monarch on the 1953 tour, Philip “was truly marvellous” for his wife.

“She was so young and unsure of herself as Queen. Very, very self-conscious as a monarch. Painfully insecure. She did not know how to act or behave among so many people,” Kelley quotes Robyns.

“But [Philip] was smooth and easy, more sophisticated. He’d jolly her into good humour, and warm her up for the crowds. She’d put on a grumpy face most of the time because she was overwhelmed, but he’d coax a smile out of her.”

The Duke of Edinburgh was also “fiercely protective of her when her energy started flagging,” Robyns recalled.

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American woman faces $2,800 parking bill after leaving car in Toronto during pandemic

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Parking in the city can be costly, but one American woman is learning just how bad it can be after being unable to retrieve her car for nearly a year.

Detroit resident Kim Richardson left her 2004 Honda Element at the Park2Sky lot by Pearson airport in March 2020 before flying out to Europe for a medical procedure. She originally planned to retrieve it within two weeks but partway through her trip, the Canada-US border got closed due to COVID-19 precautions.

Richardson’s return flight was rerouted to Detroit and she’s been unable to return to Toronto since.

What was originally a $100 bill has now inflated to $2,800 as the lot’s owner says he has a business to operate and is owed payment for 11 months of storage. However, Richardson believes she’s being extorted for an issue beyond her control.

Park2Sky personnel claim that several Americans who found themselves in similar predicaments have had their cars shipped home.

“I don’t understand, I don’t know what’s going on here. Business is down, I’m not making any money at all. People who leave their car are paid. She’s the only one that hasn’t paid,” said the owner to CBC News this week.

The stalemate is expected to last a while longer as travel restrictions remain in place and Ontario Provincial Police have said they won’t get involved in a civil matter.

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All systems are go for St. Lawrence Cruise Lines in 2021

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KINGSTON — Despite Canada’s newly extended cruise ship ban, Canadians still have a small-ship cruising alternative in 2021 with St. Lawrence Cruise Lines.

The small-ship operator, which sails on the St. Lawrence and Ottawa Rivers, has confirmed operations for 2021, with overnight cruises on both rivers from May 20 to Oct. 24. A variety of cruises ranging from four to seven nights will depart from Kingston, Ottawa and Quebec City, sailing exclusively in domestic waters with stops at select ports in Ontario and Quebec.

On Feb. 4, Canada’s Minister of Transport, Omar Alghabra announced that Canada’s cruise ship ban will be extended until Feb. 28, 2022. This measure, which effectively prohibits cruise vessels carrying more than 100 passengers from operating in Canadian waters, does not impact the small-ship operations of St. Lawrence Cruise Lines and its 32-stateroom CANADIAN EMPRESS.

“We are excited to offer travellers a small ship option for the 2021 season,” said President Jason Clark. “Our overnight cruises stay close to shore in Canadian waters and our COVID-19 Health and Safety program has been recognized for its high standards.”

This past December, the cruise line was awarded the Safe Travels Stamp by the Tourism Industry Association of Ontario (TIAO) for adherence to global standards of health and hygiene. The program includes a wide range of safety measures, including reduced passenger loads, masking, physical distancing and hospital-grade electrostatic disinfecting for both private staterooms and shared spaces. Plus, all staterooms have access to fresh air, climate controls and views of the river.

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Here’s How Canada’s ‘Screening Officers’ Will Check On Travellers During Quarantine

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The federal government is reminding all travellers in Canada that “Screening Officers” may pay them a visit post-arrival.

In a statement about the country’s latest travel restrictions, Transport Canada confirmed that newly-trained officials would be tasked with checking up on travellers during their two-week quarantine period.

The role of the Screening Officers will be to visit travellers’ quarantine locations to “establish contact, confirm identify and confirm that travellers are at the place of quarantine they identified upon entry into Canada.”

This is to make sure individuals are complying with Canada’s mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement.

The checks will be conducted across 35 Canadian cities, having already started in Montreal and Toronto back in January.

The officials will provide “compliance education” and will be able to issue verbal warnings, but stronger enforcement action will be referred to the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and then law enforcement for follow-up checks. 

Failing to comply with the Quarantine Act or with Screening Officers’ instructions could result in fines of up to $750,000 or even jail time.

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