Queen Elizabeth II tours Ottawa during visit to Canada

21:35, July 01, 2010      

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Queen Elizabeth II, accompanied by her husband Prince Philip, toured Canada’s capital city of Ottawa on Wednesday, thrilling crowds of thousands of children and adults alike along the way.

The plane carrying the royal couple arrived at Ottawa's Macdonald-Cartier International Airport at noon local time from Halifax, where the queen reviewed on Tuesday a fleet of Canadian and foreign warships to highlight the centennial celebration of the founding of the Royal Canadian Navy.

The royals first toured the newly renovated Canadian Museum of Nature, inspecting the exhibits, hearing a children's choir perform and unveiling a plaque dedicating The Queen's Lantern, a large glass addition to the museum that replaced its original tower.

The royal couple then headed to the National Arts Centre to unveil a life-sized statue of the late jazz great Oscar Peterson that created by Canadian sculptor Ruth Abernathy.

Later in the afternoon, the queen planted a tree at Rideau Hall, the workplace and residence of Canada’s governor general, and met with Prime Minister Stephen Harper, who also hosted a garden party for the queen.

Queen Elizabeth, 84, and Prince Philip, 89, arrived in Halifax on Monday afternoon, the first stop on the queen's 22nd tour of Canada.

On Thursday, the royals will join the celebration of Canada Day at Parliament Hill in Ottawa.

The royal couple will also visit Winnipeg, Waterloo and Toronto during their nine-day tour.



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