Today I take a break from the Tulip Festival series for an official occasion, Victoria Day.
These shots were taken in 2018, last Victoria Day. It is a tradition on Parliament Hill to do a 21 gun salute in honour of Queen Victoria at high noon. Three cannons were brought in by the military, each to fire off seven rounds when the clock tower struck twelve, set up between Centre Block and East Block. Onlookers were kept at a distance. I chose to observe from the east side. Note the Union Jack flying from the east flagpole in the foreground- another Victoria Day tradition.
The tower bells started to ring as the clock struck twelve, and the salute commenced with the firing of the cannons.
Also taken on that date, I passed by the two large flagpoles out in front of the National Gallery of Canada. Usually two Canadian flags fly here, but on Victoria Day, the Maple Leaf flies alongside the Union Jack.
Back in late November, I took a tour inside Centre Block. A statue of Queen Victoria stands inside the Library of Parliament. I took a number of shots and decided to hold back a spare for today.