The Queen is in town and everyone has been running around like mad trying to get everything prepared for her stop in Edmonton. Honestly - with all due respect to the Queen - it's all a big pain in the butt.
She's staying at the Hotel MacDonald where I work and everyone has been preparing for days - not to mention the numerous security checks done on the hotel by RCMP, city police, the British Police and Royal bodyguards (or whatever you want to call them).
They told us not to tell anyone that the Queen is staying at the hotel, but for the last 3 days, her exact schedule (including where she is staying!) has been in the newspaper. This defeats the whole purpose behind keeping it all a secret, no???
I had a lengthy discussion at the bar yesterday with one of the soldiers who is responsible for putting up the Royal Flag where ever the Queen travels. He was explaining to me what a science it really is: the technique for folding the flag and the exact timing for unveiling the flag upon her arrival. He said he actually had to study a manual on how to operate the flag before it was given to him.
Needless to say, I got to see the Queen upon her arrival yesterday at the hotel. Very anti-climatic and to be honest, I had a better time serving her hairdresser than I did sneaking a peak at her official arrival to the hotel :p
Let me finish this entry with: I'm glad I don't have to work today.