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Unveiling of Canada Post Stamps to Commemorate the Royal Wedding

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Rideau Hall, Friday, April 15, 2011


My wife, Sharon, and I are delighted to be with you today for the unveiling of two new stamps in honour of the upcoming Royal Wedding.

The marriage of His Royal Highness Prince William and Miss Catherine Middleton is truly a cause for celebration and commemoration.

In countries across the Commonwealth and around the world, millions of people are eagerly anticipating the wedding on April 29. Sharon and I are thrilled to represent Canadians at this historic event, and we could not be happier to see two people so much in love.

I was Sharon’s first date when she was 13, in her first year at Sault Ste. Marie Collegiate Institute. Forty-six years of marriage later, she is still my best friend, my inspiration and the wind beneath my wings. That is what we wish for Prince William and Miss Middleton: a lifetime of happiness with your best friend.

We look forward to offering our congratulations to the Royal Couple in person, as well as during their upcoming Royal Tour of Canada—their first official visit abroad as newlyweds.

I also want to congratulate the talented and creative people at Canada Post for their efforts to mark this occasion. Not only do these two new stamps pay tribute to the marriage of the Royal Couple, they also document an important event in the history of our country.

Allow me to expand on this aspect of the wedding for a moment.

In our constitutional monarchy, the Crown plays a vital role in safeguarding the rights and freedoms of Canadians. As governor general, I am honoured to act on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen, who, as head of the Royal Family, is the personal embodiment of the Crown. The marriage of Prince William and Miss Middleton is reason to celebrate, because they represent the future of the Crown in Canada.

As symbols of love and loyalty, these stamps are eloquent. At once, they affirm Canada’s commitment to the Crown and, on a human level, they symbolize one of the most joyous occasions in life: the joining of two people in marriage.

I applaud Canada Post for helping us to celebrate this moment and to promote our Canadian identity. This release is particularly unique, being the first royal wedding to be commemorated in more than 60 years.

As we approach the Royal Tour and the Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty The Queen in 2012, I am certain that Canada Post will continue to honour our heritage in creative and timeless ways.

Thank you.