Canada's History - - CONTENTS - Sub­mit­ted by An­thony Chi­as­son of West­mount, Québec.

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.

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