OTTAWA – Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) and Vice Admiral Sir Tim Laurence (visited) the National Capital Region November 10-11.
As part of the tour, Her Royal Highness visited the RCMP Musical Ride Centre, where The Princess Royal was conferred the title of Honorary RCMP Deputy Commissioner. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II is Commissioner in Chief of the RCMP.
The Princess also presented seven recipients with the RCMP Long Service Medal, created by King George V in 1934 symbolizing the pride and longstanding relationship that has existed between the Royal Family and the RCMP.
“The RCMP has a longstanding ceremonial history with the monarchy dating back to the North-West Mounted Police who participated in Queen Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee in 1897,” said Janice Armstrong, RCMP Deputy Commissioner, Contract and Aboriginal Policing.
“Since then, the RCMP has shared a close relationship with the Royal Family, participating in several milestone celebrations including the opening of the newly-renovated RCMP Musical Ride Centre in 2002. We are honored to add the visit of Her Royal Highness to that list of exceptional events,” added D/Commr Armstrong.
The Princess Royal presented Long Service Medals to the following RCMP members:
From National Headquarters:
Sgt. Shelley Churchill
Cpl. Craig Kennedy
Sgt. Daphne McFee
From National Division (Ottawa):
Insp. Yvan Rivard
S/Sgt. Luc Sauvé
From O Division (Ontario):
S/Sgt. Tim Pettit
Cpl. Cheryl Pettit
During her visit to the Musical Ride Centre, Her Royal Highness was presented with a copy of “Maintiens le droit,” a recently-published book tracing the history of the RCMP Long Service Medal, written by Dr. Christopher McCreery to mark the 80th anniversary of the medal.