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THE KING AND QUEEN VISIT PORT AGE LA PRAIRIE
The happiest highlight of 1939 was when King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visited Portage in June of that year. 15,000 ad miring, loyal subjects lined the route from the train to the church where Their Majesties went to attend service. Two R.C.M.P., dressed in their colorful red tunics, sat in the front seat of the black, open-air convertible that conveyed them there. The car crept along at a snail's pace and everyone had an opportunity to see the charming Royal couple. Admiration and adoration was evident on every face. It was a day when being part of the British Empire filled hearts with pride. It was a day that put more meaning and feeling and fervor into the singing of "God Save the King" for Portagers.
The Royal couple are seen here as they were leaving Knox United Church after the service which was conducted by Rev. George W. Abernethy.
It was fitting that Rev. Abernethy was chosen to conduct the royal service, for he was born in Dundee, Angus County, the same district as Queen Elizabeth claims as her native heath. He chose for his text "Today's Need of Faith". Later in conversation with Rev. Abernethy, Her Royal Highness referred to its comforting and soothing effect "like an oasis", she said. The minister was obviously pleased when he replied, "My mother will be proud of me this day."