The queen in Estrie: the only time the entire royal family has been reunited outside the United Kingdom

The queen in Estrie: the only time the entire royal family was visited meeting outside the UK


More than 24 hours after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, tributes continue to multiply around the world, but also in the Eastern Townships.&nbsp ;

The Sovereign and her family had stayed in the Bromont region in 1976, during the Montreal Olympic Games. 

She was there with Prince Philip to encourage their daughter, Princess Anne, who took part in the equestrian competitions.

“No vehicle had been prepared for her to move her from one point to another like the Papemobile. They had forgotten to notify us. So we installed rails in the box of a van after which we attached red and blue streamers. The queen went up there, she fell in love with the game and even found it funny,” said one of the organizers of this visit, Roger Deslauriers.

This is the only time the entire Royal Family has been reunited outside the UK.

The Queen and her relatives had stayed in the Alva House, a majestic residence located near Fisher Point, on the shores of Lac-Brome, which is now the property of John Hallward.

At the time, the house belonged to his grandfather. 

Today he sleeps in the room that Prince Philip occupied. 

“I was a teenager at that time, we lived in the house next door. I was not allowed to go there, except during the day when they were absent. My mother, however, served them the cocktail on a few occasions during their stay”, he said.

Many photos bear witness to their stay in Lac-Brome, including a family photo which was taken on the grounds behind the residence of Guy Dion, located on the other side of the bay.

Secret services had requisitioned the premises to ensure the safety of the Queen.

In the village of Knowlton, a British couple, who had lived in the region for six years, witnessed major events in the life of the sovereign.

Sarah Hoblyn attended the coronation of Elizabeth II, while her spouse John attended her wedding to Prince Philip.

Elizabeth II marked their lives, she who represented a strong symbol and of unity in their eyes.To pay homage to her , the towns of Bromont and Lac-Brome lowered their flags. They will remain so until the day of his funeral.