Her Majesty The Queen marks 40 year anniversary of the first Walkway

Her Majesty The Queen unveiled a new panel today to mark the 40th anniversary of the Jubilee Walkway, the first urban trail in the world.  The panel is outside The Canadian High Commission, Trafalgar Square which provided an opportunity to also acknowledge Canada’s 150th anniversary of the confederation.  

Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh were accompanied by the Governor General of Canada and his wife and the High Commissioner of Canada and her husband for the special occasion.  

The panel, which is the 13th of 45 panels on the Jubilee Walkway to get the new more accessible embossed zinc production treatment, was first unveiled by His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester in 1983 but went missing around 1990.  The replacement panel was made possible by a grant from The Garfield Weston Foundation and interprets several Canadian connections to Trafalgar Square including mention of the original fountains, which are now in Canada.  We also mention Vincent Massey, the High Commissioner of Canada, who with his wife Alice, famously opened a pub for soldiers in the basement of the High Commission during the war.

Our special thanks to Mrs Mary Weston and The Garfield Weston Foundation; Her Honour Lois Mitchell, Brigitte Duchense, Chris McCreery, Marc-Andre Jacques, Mark Bartlett, Lisa Almond, Rameela Tandon, Lisa Tomas, Michael Padua and the rest of the friendly team at the Canadian High Commission; Cllr Robert Davis, Dave Cunningham and Westminster City Council; panel makers Paul Waters and Pauline Hill; our Ambassador, Robbie Lyle and other distinguished guests including Ms Kim Samuel, Lord Valentine Cecil, David Banks and David Forster who we were delighted to share the special moment with. 

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