Royal visit jogs memory

A personal slant on the Royal visit. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard their itinerary included a visit with war brides.

A personal slant on the Royal visit. I was pleasantly surprised when I heard their itinerary included a visit with war brides.

I was an English girl, 17 years old, when The Second World War ended in 1945. My parents allowed me to get engaged to my Canadian soldier. I am sure they felt he would go back to Canada and forget about me.

He returned to Canada and worked hard to re-establish himself (after six years in the Canadian Army), saved up all his own money and sent for me. I arrived in Halifax in 1947 and he was waiting on the dock.

I had come out alone, hadn’t seen my love for two years so at 19 years old, I got married the next day.

My husband was following in his father’s footsteps. He was in the Canadian Army in the First World War and brought back to Canada an English war bride.

We all appreciate a love story and that is what we see in Will and Kate.

Patricia Meadows, Parksville

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