Canadian Equerry to Queen hails from Truro

Harry Sullivan
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TRURO - A former Truro man has been appointed Canadian Equerry to Queen Elizabeth II.

Lieutenant-Commander Scott Nelson, 32, of the Canadian navy, was appointed Canadian Equerry in April and will accompany the Queen while she visits Canada. Her tour begins in Nova Scotia on Monday and wraps up July 6 when she and the Duke of Edinburgh depart Toronto for New York.

Nelson's mother Barb, who lives in Truro, spoke with him earlier this week, shortly after he had been granted a private meeting with the Queen.

"He's really thrilled ... I know he said today that when the Queen smiled, she just lit up the room," she said of Nelson's visit on Monday.

Canadian equerries are most frequently appointed to serve visiting members of the royal family and are drawn from the commissioned officers of the Canadian Forces.

Nelson is considered a member of the royal family for the duration of his appointment.

He serves as weapons officer with HMCS Algonquin.

While in Halifax, the Queen will present a prestigious Maritime Heritage Award for HMCS Haida, honouring the last remaining example of the 27 Tribal-class destroyers built for the Royal Canadian Navy, the Royal Australian Navy and the Royal Navy between 1937 and 1945.

She will also tour Canada's east coast navy base, CFB Halifax, and review an international fleet conducting exercises offshore.

Organizations: Canadian Equerry, Royal Australian Navy, Canadian Forces

Geographic location: Truro, Canada, Nova Scotia Toronto New York

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