Queen begins visit to New Brunswick

The Queen and Prince Philip arrive in New Brunswick Friday for the start of a 25-hour visit to Atlantic Canada.

One week after arriving in Canada, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip landed in the Maritimes Friday for the next leg of their 12-day Jubilee tour.

Thousands of people applauded as the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived at New Brunswick's Old Government House in Fredericton. A 21-gun salute thundered in the distance as she inspected an honour guard.

The royal couple listened to a Maliseet aboriginal song of welcome before signing the guest book in an outdoor ceremony.

"We are all very honoured by your presence and we are pleased to take part in the celebration of your Golden Jubilee," Premier Bernard Lord said.

He announced that the government planned to permanently fund four Jubilee scholarships in honour of her 50-year reign one for each of the province's universities.

The Queen, who had been greeted at the airport by Lt.-Gov. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell, then went inside Old Government House for a brief reception with various guests.

No official events were planned for Friday night in contrast to the late-evening gala in Toronto Thursday that included performances by jazz legend Oscar Peterson, ballet stars Evelyn Hart and Rex Harrington, and the Cirque du Soleil.

The Queen flew from Toronto to Fredericton on a Canadian Forces Airbus late Friday morning.

During her 25-hour stay in New Brunswick her only stop in Atlantic Canada during this tour a school in Sussex, N.B., will be named after her. Before leaving for Ottawa Saturday, she will also fly by helicopter to Moncton for a luncheon.