Deputy Prime Minister John Manley welcomed the Queen to Ottawa Saturday, little more than a week after he caused a stir when he suggested Canada should abandon the monarchy after her reign.
Manley welcomed the Queen and Prince Philip at the airport with handshakes and a smile. They chatted briefly before climbing into a waiting car and heading off to the Governor General's house for dinner.
The royals had no official engagements planned for the evening, as they rested for a full schedule of events Sunday and Monday during the final leg of their 12-day Jubilee tour of Canada.
They will attend an outdoor multi-faith Thanksgiving celebration on Parliament Hill Sunday. The Queen is then slated to deliver a speech at a dinner hosted by Prime Minister Jean Chrtien.
Manley, who has argued in favour of abandoning ties to the monarchy, made his latest remarks on Oct. 4 the day the Queen began her visit to Canada. He later expressed regret over the timing of his remarks.
Music part of N.B. visit
The royal couple flew to Ottawa from New Brunswick, their only stop in Atlantic Canada. They were in Dieppe, N.B. Saturday afternoon, where a choir, a guitarist and a fiddler entertained them at an outdoor celebration.
The Queen wore a mauve outfit and a mauve ribbon in her hat as she sat and listened intently to an energetic fiddle-and-guitar performance, then gorgeous singing by the choir Voices of Angels, all in French.
Prince Philip grinned and broke into enthusiastic applause during the show. The girls' choir wore bright outfits of red, white and black, with frilled red-and-white aprons.
Dieppe, located just east of Moncton, is celebrating its 50th birthday. It has historical airplane roots in the province and throughout Atlantic Canada.
Last month, the community's airport gained a new terminal, which was on the royal tour. The Queen unveiled a plaque officially designating the Greater Moncton Airport as an international airport.
Earlier in the Golden Jubilee visit, thousands lined the streets of the community of Sussex Saturday as Queen Elizabeth began the second day of her visit to New Brunswick.