Amidst corgis and puppets of horses, tension rises in a large historic warehouse in Coventry as he immerses himself in the final preparations for the grand parade that celebrates 70 years of Elizabeth II’s 96th reign. It’s a more personal part of the King’s life that will be represented in the parade, which will take place on the streets of London to Buckingham Palace on June 5.
One part of the show, titled The Queen’s Favors, was commissioned by Imagineer, an outdoor events company based in the West Midlands, central England. It was “a total surprise” and “a huge honor,” says Jane Hitch, CEO.
“We think about what he likes,” says Kathy Leahy, Artistic Director. Dogs and horses were the obvious choice. In particular, the famous short-legged, large-eared Queen dogs. About 20 dolls of these dogs, mounted on wheels, will participate in the show.
The first is called Susan, after the first corgi her parents gave to Princess Elizabeth on her eighteenth birthday. Everyone has their own expression. One of them, with brown eyebrows, was given the nickname Groucho Marx, after the American comedian.
To revive them, during rehearsals called “Corgi training camp,” each of the young people who would deal with them were asked to ask themselves “what kind of dog” is in their hands: “Rogue?” “Young?”, “Senior?” explains Cathy Leahy.
The show also gives a special place to horses, Elizabeth II’s great passion. Ten of the counted horses will be represented in the Queen’s life: from the Peggy, a Shetland pony that King George V gave to Princess Elizabeth at the age of four, to the Burmese, the mare that rode multiple times during “Trooping the Color,” the party that officially celebrates his birthday.
Horses are often depicted in gears, as a tribute to Coventry’s rich industrial past. It was in this place that the first British car was born at the end of the 19th century. To celebrate Coventry, a giant effigy of Mrs. Godiva, created for the 2012 London Olympics, will take part in the parade. It honors an 11th-century figure who, according to legend, walked around town naked on horseback to persuade her husband, Léofric de Mercie, to cut taxes.
The rally, which will bring together 140 members of the company, will also represent the traditional Thames swan population and, using boats that Prince Philip loves so much, will pay tribute to the Queen’s husband, who died in April 2021 of this age. of 99. Jane Hitch says, “There will be a lot of cameras, we won’t perform often in front of kings, there will be a lot of adrenaline, we’ve trained and rehearsed and rehearsed, I think we’re going to do a great job.”
Prince Charles, heir to the British throne, acknowledged the plight of Canada’s indigenous people during an official visit on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, drawing praise on Friday from local leaders who nonetheless expressed a desire to receive an official apology from the crown prince.
Carlos cited the historical abuses Aboriginal people suffered in Canadian boarding schools and their continuing impact on Thursday night when he was the last leg of a three-day visit to Canada with his wife Camilla. At a rally in Yellowknife, Canada’s Northwest Territories, Carlos told a crowd before leaving for the UK that his conversations with former students at those local schools and their families in recent days had been “very moving”.
“On behalf of my wife and myself, I would like to acknowledge their suffering and say how much our hearts go out to them (the victims) and their families,” he said. We must listen to the truth about the experiences of the indigenous people. We must work to understand their pain and suffering.”
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In a statement, National Metis Chairman Cassidy Carron said, “It means a lot that Prince Charles and his family wanted to listen and learn, to hear indigenous peoples’ realities the way we remember them.”
“It’s an important step forward,” he admitted. But Caron added that an apology is still expected “not only on the part of the Anglican Church for what happened in those institutions, but also for the failures in the relationship between the Crown and First Nations”.
The Ottawa government has already apologized for the suffering caused by the indigenous population. So did Pope Francis before an Indigenous delegation last month about the Catholic Church’s role in the school scandal, and he will repeat it during a visit to Canada in July.
About 150,000 Aboriginal, colored, and Inuit children were forcibly interned from the late 1800s to the 1990s in 139 boarding schools across Canada, spending months or years isolated from their families, language, and culture. The discovery of 1,300 unidentified student graves in several former schools, since May 2021, has shocked all of Canada. It is expected that further searches will reveal more buried bodies.
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