The reason for the visit? At first I suspected it might have something to do with Skills Canada, which held its opening ceremony today, June 4 in Toronto. However, Mike revealed the reason on his Facebook page:
I'm here with members of the RCR. After we met the Duke we had tea and toast by the Tower Bridges--never thought I'd say that. What a day!
Just a little background information on what Mike is talking about, in December of 2013, Mike Holmes was made an official Regimental Patron of the Royal Canadian Regiment. "A Regimental Patron is a senior position of distinction within an Army regiment and plays a valuable role in the Regiment’s focus on fostering community relations," according to a press release at the time of Mike's appointment last year. For more information about Mike's appointment as an official patron of the RCR, see Mike Holmes Named Official Patron of the Royal Canadian Regiment. Sounds fancy! Looks fancy too (see photos below!). Mike had the honor of meeting with some very distinguished people and representing his country and position as a RCR patron well. Bravo!
Regimental photo at the unveiling of official portrait bust of HRH The Prince Philip. L-R Hon. Col W.J. Aitcheson; CD; Mike Holmes, Regimental Paton; Judith Irving, Patron and Christian Corbet, Regimental Sculptor - The Royal Canadian Regiment
Christian Corbet, Regimental Sculptor - The Royal Canadian Regiment and Patron Judith Irving lead the party out of Buckingham Palace following Christian's unveiling of the new portrait bust of Prince Philip. Directly behind Christian is television celebrity Mike Holmes.
The photo below is a close-up of the bust, "HRH The Prince Philip, KG, KT. Colonel-in-Chief, The Royal Canadian Regiment." The bust is sculpted in bronze on a marble base.
Safe travels home Mike and Sherry!