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Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Remembering the Queen: Close encounters and a cherished letter
A letter from
her Lady-in-Waiting, Rose Baring, thanking Hardaker for a Christmas card he sent to the Queen.
A letter from her Lady-in-Waiting, Rose Baring, thanking Hardaker for a Christmas card he sent to the Queen. Supplied
Steve Hardaker
Community Correspondent
This evening, Thursday, Sept. 8, I am feeling very nostalgic. Today, we lost our Queen, the only monarch many, if not all, of us ever knew.
Growing up in Cobourg, I recall several occasions when I had an encounter with Queen Elizabeth.
As a three-year-old in 1959 we went to the top of Abbott Boulevard when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip rode by in their landau.
As an air cadet I had the honour of lining a walkway in full uniform in the summer as the Queen and Prince Phillip strode by to dedicate Rotary Park.
My best memory is dating back to 1969 when, as a 12-year-old, I sent Queen Elizabeth a Christmas card for 1968.
Then, in January of 1969, I received a letter from her Lady-in-Waiting, Rose Baring, thanking me for my best wishes for Christmas and New Year’s. My dad immediately contacted the local newspaper.
We are entering a new era of our nation’s figurehead. As we reflect on our Queen’s wonderful reign, let the future be positive and full of hope. God save the King!