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Saturday 1 July saw Canadians at home and abroad celebrate their 150th anniversary with celebrations held throughout the country and around the world.

 

Huge crowds gathered on Parliament Hill in Ottawa to celebrate the sesquicentennial, marking the birth of the Dominion of Canada on 1 July 1867, with festivities including a speech from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau celebrating inclusiveness,  performances from Cirque du Soleil and U2, concluding with a firework display.

 

Cities elsewhere in the country held parades and fireworks, and many thousands more celebrated with barbecues at home. Prince Charles and the Duchess of Cornwall were also in Ottawa, representing the Queen as monarch of Canada, to join in the celebrations.

ROSL will be marking the occasion with a series of events later in the year, look out for news on the website. To read more about the formation of Canada and the events that have made it the nation it is today, turn to page 38 of Overseas.

 

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