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Royal visit at The Forks

Two-year-old Maddy Rivero (inset) was one of a few children selected to present flower bouquets to Queen Elizabeth II during her visit to The Forks in Winnipeg on July 3, 2010

WINNIPEG – Hundreds of Manitobans, including a handful of our kababayans, braved the almost 30 degree weather at the Forks on Saturday, July 3, 2010 to catch a glimpse of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The six hour visit by the 84-year-old Monarch and His Royal Highness, Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, were highlighted by the unveiling and dedication of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights’ cornerstone.

Prime Minister Stephen Harper walked with the Queen and Prince Philip over the Esplanade Riel, past the museum construction site and the cornerstone, and on to the royal box at the Scotiabank stage to watch some of the Manitoba Homecoming Concert
for Human Rights.

Elaine and Michael Rivero were ecstatic after their two-year- old daughter, Maddy, was allowed to cross the security line to present a bouquet of roses to the Queen.

“Sulit ang paghihintay!” [The wait was worth it!] exclaimed Michael, whose family waited for four hours in the heat for this once in a lifetime opportunity.

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