Welcoming William and Kate.
Among the three hymns at the service was Kate's favourite. "Guide Me. Oh Thou Great Redeemer." which was also sung at the royal wedding. "She and William sang with enthusiasm and on key," says Padre McLean, who was recently appointed a queen's chaplain and also awarded a doctorate from King's College at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
The French hymn "Je louerai l'Eternel" was also on the order of service. "The sailors had practised singing the hymns all the way from Halifax so they sang in tune, too!" says Padre McLean.
Conversations with the royal pair made it clear to McLean that they both felt a strong connection with Canada. "And all parts of Canada felt a strong connection with them," he says. "I was very impressed with the knowledge and excitement that the duchess expressed at being in Canada and with the duke's efforts to relate to francophone Canadians."
Padre McLean joined the military chaplaincy in 1987 from the diocese of Fredericton. "I've been on a very long loan for the past 24 years. and I have one year to go." he says.--D.S.