Hundreds of people were already soaked by the time Queen Elizabeth II arrived at the Garrison Grounds. Then the rain stopped.

“We bear it. Whatever, it’s rain,” said Jessica Hamilton, 26. “It’s just not everyday the Queen is in Canada.”

People of all ages stood at the foot of Citadel Hill and watched the ceremony.

Helga Mills, 75, said she was very proud to be a Nova Scotian.

Marion Arbeau, 65, brought flowers to give to the Queen, but was unable to present them.

“I’m just so happy to be here,” she said.

The Queen stopped to talk to Yvonne Mulligan.

“I said, ‘It’s just so nice to see you,’ and she said, ‘It’s marvelous that the rain stopped for a moment.’”

Haley Aucoin, a 10-year-old girl from Lower Sackville, presented a flower to the Queen.

“She asked me why there was no stem on my flower and I said it cracked off,” the Girl Guide said. “It was really cool.”

Residence rededicated
The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh rededicated Government House yesterday afternoon.

The royal couple will be residing at Government House while staying in Halifax.

This was the first time the building was dedicated since the cornerstone was laid in 1800.

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