Lieutenant-governor to attend coronation event in St. Stephen

Northern Ireland Office photo; published under United Kingdom Open Government Licence v3.0. His Majesty The King and The Queen Consort attended a Service of Reflection for the life of HM Queen Elizabeth II at St Anne’s Cathedral, Belfast, in September 2022. Dignitaries, representatives from civic society and the wider community across NI were among the congregation paying their respects.

ST. STEPHEN – New Brunswick Lt.-Gov. Brenda Murphy will attend a coronation tea in St. Stephen this weekend.

St. Croix MLA Kathy Bockus is hosting the event on May 6 to honour King Charles III. Bockus said the monarchy remains very popular in Charlotte County and she wanted to host an event for people in the region to honour the new monarch.

“I’ve always been a fan of the Royal Family, and I know I’m not alone, especially in this area,” she said.

Bockus said the idea for her tea came from an event former local librarian Elva Hatt and the late Jackie Bateman held in Chocolate Park to mark the Queen as the longest reigning monarch.

“It was really well attended. And it was fun,” said Bockus.

She put in an early request to invite Murphy to attend and was thrilled when the answer came back yes.

“We invited her first. I think,” laughed Bockus. “Isn’t it great that people from here will get to meet her and see her and chat with her?”

The United Church Women from Kirk McColl will provide the food, tea and coffee. Bockus noted that Hatt was instrumental in helping organize the day.

The tea takes place from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Neighbourhood Works and is free to attend.

“Time will tell,” she said of whether people would arrive turned out in their finery and fascinators.

IODE Heritage chapter is heeding King Charles III’s call to help out in the community on May 8. The King put out the request to honour his late mother, Queen Elizabeth II, for her life of service. IODE Heritage will participate in the big help out and will set its activity goals at the chapter’s meeting May 3.

The IODE Atlantic Charter chapter is participating in the big help out on May 8 as well. A release from the chapter notes Bockus invited members to the tea. Some members will be filling bags of personal care items for Fundy Region Transition House, while others will be doing other volunteer work in the community.

Drewhaven Town & Country in Saint Andrews is also hosting a coronation tea Saturday. The event will start at 3 p.m. and tickets are $60. Co-owner Lee Wells said the event will be a traditional high tea, something Saint Andrews doesn’t have.

“As it would be at the famous Claridge’s Hotel in London,” said Wells. “The food is copied exactly from Claridge’s afternoon tea cookbook.”

Wells explained that Drewhaven had done an event for the Queen’s jubilee celebration and they decided to do this as well.

“We don’t have an afternoon tea proper, in this town, so I thought it would be nice,” Wells said.

The Milltown Activities Group is holding an event for the coronation from noon to 1 p.m. at the Memorial Park bandstand in Milltown, at the corner of Queensway and Church Street.

Robert Fisher

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