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November 19, 2014

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British Vice-Admiral Sir Tim Laurence, son-in-law of Queen Elizabeth and husband of Princess Anne, lights the fuse of a new cannon recently procured by the Friends of the Battle of Crysler’s Farm Memorial. In its first official ceremonial duty, the ‘six-pounder’ suddenly roars to life with a thunderous boom, the fiery blast frozen at the moment of ignition as flame and sparks obscure the  royal’s face, all in the same millisecond. The Friends’ Acting President Bob Irvine — who assisted with the vice-admiral’s tour on the precise 201st anniversary of the local battle — looks on from the background, at left. Laurence’s afternoon walkabout at the South Dundas attraction followed his participation in Remembrance Day ceremonies at the National War Memorial in Ottawa that same day. The royal’s visit marked the second to the local site by a major dignitary in two years. Prime Minister Stephen Harper spoke at  last year’s bicentennial of the Battle of Crysler’s Farm fought on Nov. 11, 1813.