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Queen Elizabeth visits Canada

2010-06-29 06:35:06 GMT2010-06-29 14:35:06 (Beijing Time)  SINA.com

Despite torrential rains, hundreds of Canadians showed up on Monday to welcome Queen Elizabeth for her 23rd official visit to Canada. Jon Decker reports.

Despite torrential rains, hundreds of Canadians showed up in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Monday to welcome Queen Elizabeth for her 23rd official visit to Canada.

The queen, Canada's titular head of state, was presented with bouquets of flowers by several children -- as she was honored at the start of her nine-day trip - that will include visits to Ottawa, Winnipeg and Toronto..

"My mother once said that this country felt like a home away from home for the Queen of Canada. Prime Minister I am delighted to report that it still does and I am delighted to be back amongst you all."

In Nova Scotia, the Queen will preside over a parade of naval warships, and celebrate the Canadian navy's centennial.

The 84-year-old monarch, who is visiting with her husband Prince Philip, has visited Canada more than any other commonwealth country.

Jon Decker, Reuters.

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