As promised last week, we’re back at the British Columbia Parliament Buildings taking a look at the Ceremonial Entrance
This entrance sits front and centre of the building’s front facade, and is used by only the Legislative Assembly’s most esteemed guests. By most esteemed I mean the Monarch or visiting heads of state. Which means that elected officials, including the Prime Minister, are forced to slouch up through another door like a regular peasant.
Queen Elizabeth II and other visiting monarchs (from various countries) have used this entrance throughout the building’s history, but it’s far more commonly used by the Queen’s representative to British Columbia, the Lieutenant Governor.
For non-Canadians, Canada is one of the Commonwealth of Nations. While we’re independent and run our country as we like, symbolically Queen Elizabeth II is our official head of state. The Governor General is the monarch’s head representative for the country, while the Lieutenant Governors represent Her Majesty at a provincial/territorial level.
The Lieutenant Governor visits The Legislature to perform such tasks as delivering the Speech from the Throne or to grant Royal Assent (symbolically passing laws).
Since 1998, and the signing of the Nisga’a treaty, Indigenous chiefs from across (the province heads of their respective Nations and communities) are also invited to use Ceremonial Entrance.
During our recent visit to Victoria, James and I took an informative tour of The Legislature. Which means that I was able to get a couple of photos from inside.
And there you have it, officially the most important door in British Columbia.
Let me know in the comments below if you’re interested in a post covering the tour we took.
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