The energy of summer is so palpable here at the Lord ElginÔÇªone of the many reasons I love working here. Yesterday was the first day of summer and you can feel the excitement build around us daily as we approach Canada Day.
I am so pumped about this summer in particular!! This Thursday (June 23rd), Robert Plante is playing in Confederation Park to kick of whatÔÇÖs going to be an awesome Jazz Festival. Friday, the Ceremonial Guard do their inaugural march up to Parliament Hill and we always go out and cheer them on. They are young guys who do this for their summer job and I canÔÇÖt help but think of my sons, who are about their age. It is such a fabulous tradition and for me, it signals the official kick off of our summer season.
And of course ÔÇô the really big ÔÇÿshewÔÇÖ ÔÇô Canada Day, is just around the corner and this year promises to be an absolutely phenomenal day. Prince William and his lovely bride are arriving in Ottawa on June 30th and the city is preparing in earnest for this special visit ÔÇô pulling out all the stops. We are serving up a wedding cake that is designed to look very similar to Kate and WillÔÇÖs. We will serve up the cake and iced tea at 2pm to passersby. We will also be preparing some fabulous grilled fare – barbequing on our patio outside Grill 41. As is tradition, the Ceremonial Guard will march by at 9:30am and of course the Jazz Festival provides free concerts all day in Confederation Park. ItÔÇÖs going to be a crazy fun day, as the city is expecting to see double the usual number of people and our hotel will be bursting with guests. We have been full for some time!! I will be here serving up cake and wouldnÔÇÖt miss it for the world.
This July marks our 70th birthday (July 19th) and I cannot think of a better way to celebrate!! We are named after Lord Elgin ÔÇô who stays in touch with us regularly and visits occasionally; Winston Churchill visited in 1941, the year we were built. It is only fitting that Will and Kate visit on our 70thÔÇª great timing!!
HereÔÇÖs to a great summer! Bring it on!
• Wednesday, June 22nd, 2011