The mayor of Westmount, Quebec, makes a sweet gesture to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip.
In 1959, six years after her coronation, Queen Elizabeth II visited Canada with Prince Philip for the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway. The couple stopped in Westmount, Québec — now part of Montréal — on June 25.
This photo was taken on the steps of city hall, where Westmount Mayor John Crosbie Cushing presented Her Majesty with the gift of a silver maple syrup jug that was specially made for the occasion.
The jug featured a label with both French and English, the coat of arms of Westmount, a fleur-de-lys representing Québec, and a maple leaf for Canada. Also present (but not seen in the photo) was then Montréal Mayor Sarto Fournier.
The Queen and Prince Philip signed Westmount’s “Golden Book” and waved to the crowd of three thousand onlookers. Many more people lined nearby streets, and Prince Philip gave a wave and a wink to a group of boys watching from a nearby rooftop.
The city of Westmount promised always to keep the royal syrup jug full, and starting in 1960 it has sent a new batch of syrup to Buckingham Palace each year.