The Queen at Estrie: The only time the entire royal family has been reunited outside of the UK

More than 24 hours after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, tributes are multiplying around the world, but also in the eastern townships.

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The Sovereign and her family had stayed in the Bromont area during the 1976 Montreal Olympics.

She was there with Prince Philip to encourage their daughter Princess Anne who competed in equestrian competitions.


“No vehicle had been prepared for them to take them from one point to another like the Papemobile. You forgot to notify us. So we built rails into the box of a van and then added red and blue streamers. The Queen went there, she fell in love with the game and even found it funny,” said one of the organizers of this visit, Roger Deslauriers.

It’s the only time the entire royal family has been together outside of the UK.


The Queen and her relatives had stayed at Alva House, a majestic residence near Fisher Point on the banks of Lac-Brome, now owned by John Hallward.

At that time the house belonged to his grandfather.

Today he sleeps in Prince Philip’s room.


“I was a teenager at the time, we lived in the house next door. I wasn’t allowed to go there except during the day when they were away. However, my mother served them the cocktail a few times during their stay,” he said.

Many photos bear witness to their stay at Lac-Brome, including a family photo taken on the grounds behind Guy Dion’s home across the bay.

The secret services had seized the premises to ensure the Queen’s safety.

In the village of Knowlton, a British couple who had settled in the region for six years took part in important events in the life of the sovereign.

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

Elizabeth II shaped her life and she saw her as a powerful symbol of unity. The towns of Bromont and Lac-Brome lowered their flags to pay homage to her. They will remain so until the day of his funeral.

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