Thursday, December 17, 2020

Postscript II: The Royal Train, September 1984

When the Royal Train of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh ended its run at Kingston on September 28, 1984, little did I know that other photographers would later share their photos with me. Toronto's Scott Haskill was attending Queen's University at the time, in his first month of classes, one of which he audited to take these photos! Scott took a city bus as far as he could, walking the rest of the way. Notice the blown-up bunting and the CN police blue station wagon just to the right of the station, as Scott took this photo from the Princess Street overpass. The crowd is starting to assemble and a CN hi-rail truck is just east of the Counter Street crossing, protecting the north track that the Royal Train is operating on:

Scott was in approximately the same position near the platform as I was at Kingston station that day. We were both just off the red carpet, with Scott perhaps to my left. Pilot train:

The Royal Train arrives, Royal Standard flapping:
The Royal Couple on the red carpet meeting dignitaries:
Scott's view of the porter on the open platform of the Governor-General's car:
Thanks to Scott Haskill for sharing these memories!

Running extra...

It has been announced that Her Majesty the Queen, 94, has cancelled her usual festive break at Sandringham, and instead will have a “quiet” time at Windsor Castle. A spokesperson said: "Having considered all the appropriate advice, The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh have decided that this year they will spend Christmas quietly in Windsor." This will be the first time in 33 years that the Queen won’t be going to Sandringham, where she typically celebrates with her large extended family.

As someone whose very life is one of tradition and custom, if the Queen can make changes, so can we all. 

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