My camera got to see her - the back of her. Too many people for me to get through with the wheelchair. I stood up held my camera in the air and clicked in the direction I hoped she was in. I didn't even know until I got home and saw the news whether I actually had her in a frame or not.
I did get a face view of her husband, Prince Phillip though.
So why was I there and what is the big deal?
Well I wasn't going to see her. I was going to get my bus pass but because I am in a wheelchair there are only a couple of places in the entire city where I can buy it. I ususally go downtown and get it at the city hall. If I had gone for the trnsit office I migth ahve missed the road blocks but as it was I ran right into them and then figured that since I was there I might as well see if I could get a look.
I was born at a time when the Queen was more than just a figurehead of Canada. We sang the anthem "God Save the Queen" in school (pre-JW). Her face is still on a lot of our money. And while she doesn't "rule" Canada she is still our Queen. She became Queen in the year I was born and lord help me when I was little I wanted to marry Prince Charles - glad THAT one didn't work out
So arms raised high I started snapping even though I couldn't see a thing.
I'm going to Parliament Hill tomorrow for the Party on the Hill and hope to catch Barenaked Ladies (the group - not naked ladies) and actor Christopher Plummer (Sound of Music among many other things)
The Queen will be there also so maybe I will get a better chance at a picture.