Pritchett and George Baker (class '59) waiting for the
When the Queen came to town I was standing on my own
lawn at 138 Elizabeth Drive and being the only one there she
waved to me as she drove past.
I was there when
the Queen opened the new airport terminal. Of course she
stopped at the school right across from the house where I
lived. My cousin and his friend were standing on chairs on the
lawn to see over the crowd.
My dad was one of the drivers of the 'ladies in
waiting' car. Or whatever they were called. They practiced for
days to get the route timing down pat--I think that they were
supposed to whirl through town in 16-19 minutes (and I have a
blurry picture of the queen to prove it). One thing they
forgot, though, was the dusty dirt road they'd be taking out
of the terminal and as the cars all drove in close formation
the queen and duke in car 2 were enveloped in a cloud of dust.
Dad's vehicle, following closely behind could only see the
duke standing up in the convertible, his head above the cloud
waving the lead car(s) on like he was riding in a rodeo
swinging a rope. My father and others got to laugh about it
later, but no one thought to treat the roadway for dust storm
prior to the ride.
Me, I wanted to go through dad's car
thoroughly after the tour to see if the ladies had left
anything behind as a souvenier, a forgotten hanky, whatever.
Alas, there was nothing. So be it for our 16-19 minutes of
Faye (Lewis) Raynard
This story is not
related to our reunion or memories of Gander but when I read
Faye's story about the "Duke of Edinburgh's" visit to Gander
it made me laugh and this story came to mind. This was told to
Vicki Gabereau by Deborah Gray (former Conservative MP) on the
When the young Princess Elizabeth and the
Duke of Edinburgh paid a visit to one of our Northern
Communities, a banquet was held in their honour at the local
After the main course was finished the
waitress promptly went about collecting the plates. The Duke
very graciously handed the waitress his plate with knife and
fork. The waitress quickly seized the moment and informed him
"keep your fork Duke, were having pie for dessert!"
guess us Canadians are not that easily impressed by Royalty
and maybe a little short on dessert forks too!
Souvenir booklet and route map of Queen's