It was way back on July 8, 1959 that Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip arrived by barge at Clergue Park, having parked their yacht at the locks in Sault, Michigan.
Pastry chef Paul Rondeau had been working three weeks at that point to create a stunning (dare we say delicious?) tribute to the visiting royals: a sponge cake and sugar replica of their ship, Britannia, measuring seven feet long (pictured above).
The creation was set upon what is described in a newspaper report as a "glittering head table" at a luncheon in the Queen's honour held at the Windsor Hotel.
Also on display was a scale replica of the original Sault, Ontario canal (pictured below).
The following is the schedule of Her Majesty the Queen’s visit to the Sault Wednesday.
5:30 a.m. – Royal Yacht arrives off DeTour
11:00 a.m. (approx.) – Royal Yacht ties up at American Sault Ship Canal
12 noon – Queen and Prince Phillip land at Clergue Park from royal barge
12:10 p.m. – Queen and Prince leave Clergue Park going up East to Queen and along Queen to Bellevue Park
12:25 p.m. – Arrival at Bellevue Park
12:35 p.m. – Leave Bellevue Park going west on Queen to Pine, up Pine to Wellington, west on Wellington to Brock, south on Brock to Windsor Hotel
1:30 p.m. – Luncheon given by city
2:30 p.m. – Queen and Prince leave hotel and travel west on Queen Street to Steel Plant
2:45 p.m. – Arrive at Algoma Steel and tour oxygen steel plant and plate mill
3:45 p.m. – Leave Algoma Steel going east on Queen to Huron and thence directly to the Canadian Ship Canal
4:00 p.m. – Queen and Prince embark on royal barge and proceed back to Royal Yacht
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