A day for a great start to the year, but one that can’t help but be bittersweet.
On March 20, 2017, Canada celebrates its Queen’s Birthday, which means the world will be celebrating its most important day of the year with a parade of beautiful and quirky sights.
While the celebrations are all in celebration of Canada’s founding, we’ve chosen to highlight some of our favourite photos from around the country.
Queen’s day parade and parade of love in Vancouver: Queen’s parade: In a city known for its many beautiful buildings, the Queen’s Parade in Vancouver is the most beautiful in the country, with spectacular lighting and colourful costumes.
Queen with her baby in a snowmobile: Queen Elizabeth II in a white coat and riding a snowmobiler on a snowy field in Victoria, British Columbia, in this photo taken on the day of her coronation in 1952.
The Queen was the first Queen to ride a snowmobiles on a royal day.
Queen on a barge in Toronto: Queen Mary II on her way to her coronations on December 20, 1963, in Toronto.
In this photo, taken on March 22, 2018, the queen is seen on the Queen Elizabeth-era barge, the Triton, as she cruises through the harbour.
Queen and her children in the back of a truck in Vancouver (with a royal family): The Queen and Prince Philip riding their snowmobile in Vancouver on March 16, 2000, as they arrived at Vancouver airport.
Queen riding a horse in Toronto on her birthday: Queen Anne with her son, Prince Philip, and her daughter, Princess Elizabeth, in front of the Brier Bridge, on the occasion of the Queen of England’s 100th birthday on May 21, 2020.
Queen at the coronation of Prince Charles in London, England: The Queen at her coronational ceremony at Windsor Castle in London on April 21, 2017.
Queen Elizabeth and her royal family with their horses in Toronto, Canada: Queen and the Queen and Princess Elizabeth riding their horses at the parade on February 28, 2019, in the city of Toronto.
Queen in the sun on the balcony of Buckingham Palace: The sun in front the Queen at Buckingham Palace in London.
Queen, Prince Andrew, Prince Harry, Princess Catherine, Princess Anne, Princess Beatrice, Prince William, and Prince Harry with their family members on their way to the coronations of the Prince of Wales, the Duke of Edinburgh, and the Duchess of Cornwall in the Abbey Chapel of St Paul’s Cathedral in Westminster Abbey on June 5, 2019.
Queen holding a baby in her lap on her Birthday: Queen Victoria at her Birthday party at Buckingham Hall on May 30, 1881, in London (pictured above).
Queen as a baby, walking with her parents, in Windsor, England.
Queen posing in a blue robe in her royal purple gown at Buckingham palace on March 8, 1910.
Queen Mary and the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in the lobby of the House of Windsor on their visit to the United States in July, 1910, in Washington, DC. 14.
Queen Victoria, Queen Elizabeth, and their family, walking in the park on their trip to America on March 9, 1914, in New York.
Queen walking with Prince Philip on her coronet day at Windsor castle on March 21, 1912.
Queen visiting her own daughter, the Princess Elizabeth on her visit to St. Paul’s cathedral on May 24, 1909, in Westminster.
Queen wearing her crown on her head at Windsor, Scotland, on March 20 and 21, 1914.
Queen giving her wedding to Prince Philip in London in 1910.
Queen sitting on her throne in the Royal Palace in Tokyo on December 19, 1909.
Queen making her way through the crowd in London during the parade for the Queen Victoria Centenary celebrations on March 19, 1910 in London’s Victoria Street.
Queen Margaret and her husband in the front row of the Victoria Cross in London after their coronation ceremony on March 17, 1913.
Queen seated at her desk during a coronation, with her children on her left and her grandson on her right, in England on March 2, 1924.
Queen standing on a bridge in the Thames River on her wedding day in Sydney, Australia, on April 12, 1922.
Queen being treated at the hospital on her first day of hospitalisation on March 24, 1924, at the Imperial Hotel in London with a blood clot in her leg.
Queen greeting the crowd after being admitted to hospital after a stroke on February 6, 1926, in Buckingham Palace.
Queen meeting with her family after being discharged from hospital after being hospitalized with a stroke.
Queen smiling as she