Canadians celebrate Canada Day across country, with the Queen on Parliament Hill

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The normally informal, boisterous festivities on Parliament Hill are to begin at noon with the arrival of the Queen and Prince Philip in a horse-drawn landau, complete with a mounted RCMP escort.
Pomp and circumstance will dominate the opening two hours of Canada's 143rd birthday.
The 84-year-old monarch has not been on Parliament Hill for Canada Day since 1997.
With her personal Canadian flag flying from the Peace Tower, the Queen will be honoured with a 21-gun salute, a fly-past by CF-18 jetfighters and, another by the aerobatic Snowbirds, as well as a march-past by the Guard of Honour.
She'll be serenaded by Canadian artists, including Quebec pop star Isabelle Boulay, bagpipers The Campbell Brothers, The Barenaked Ladies and the Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir.
And she'll be lauded by a host of luminaries, including Prime Minister Stephen Harper, actor Christopher Plummer and figure skater Joannie Rochette.
The Queen is to briefly address Canada Day celebrants shortly after 1 p.m.
Before departing at about 1:40 p.m., the Queen will go on a walkabout to meet directly with some of the expected 100,000 party-goers.
Earlier Thursday, hundreds of people clad in red and white gathered at Citadel Hill, the historic fort in Halifax, to celebrate Canada Day.
The sidewalks below were packed earlier as a parade by the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo wound through downtown Halifax.
Among the crowd was Clarence Hewitt, who said the celebrations were a nice way to top off a week of festivities in Halifax, which included the Queen's visit and an international naval fleet review.
Justine Scilipoti, a student at Dalhousie University originally from Ontario, was celebrating her first Canada Day in Halifax. She said it's important to celebrate the fact that Canadians live "in the best country in the world."
Plans for the Canada Day ceremony in Halifax include a flypast by aircraft from the 12 Wing Shearwater airbase, a 21-gun salute and a foot and arms drill by the 78th Highlanders.

Organizations: RCMP, Montreal Jubilation Gospel Choir, Queen's Dalhousie University

Geographic location: Halifax, Canada, Quebec Ontario

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