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Remembering Queen Elizabeth’s visit to a potato farm in Canada’s Manitoba province

When Brian Bailey signed the Queen’s condolence book this week in Brandon, Manitoba, the retired teacher added a special recollection: The time the Queen spent two days relaxing with his family on their potato farm.

As Marie Woolf reports for The Globe and Mail, it was July 1970, and the Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Charles and Princess Anne, was on the Centennial Celebration tour of Manitoba. The royal party wanted a break from the official schedule, and spent two days unwinding and riding horses on the Baileys’ 2,000-acre farm outside Carberry.

“It was kind of break from the tour. They didn’t want to have anybody around,” Mr. Bailey, 77, recalls in an interview. “It was so relaxed it was almost unbelievable that you were talking to people who were known around the world.”

Source: The Globe and Mail. Read the full story here
Photo: Roy Bailey, Nora Bailey, Queen Elizabeth, Princess Anne, Jan Bailey, Margie Bailey and Terry Bailey, during a two-day royal visit to the Bailey’s Manitoba farm in 1970. Courtesy and credit Brian Bailey via The Globe and Mail

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