Queen Annapolisa welcomed home

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Annapolis Royal's Caitlin Bridson-Pateman greeted by enthusiastic crowd at Historic Gardens

By Lawrence Powell

The Spectator

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Caitlin Bridson-Pateman of Annapolis Royal was crowned as Queen Annapolisa 82nd during Apple Blossom Festival on the weekend. On Monday she was welcomed home as the royal party toured the Annapolis Valley. Late in the day Bridson-Pateman and her entouragé stopped at Historic Gardens where a crowd of friends, neighbours, and well-wishers turned out in force. Town Crier Peter Davies made the official welcome, bowing several times to her royal highness and princesses.

AnnMarie Monk, mentor to Bridson-Pateman, congratulated her highness and the princesses and bestowed gifts upon all of the girls. Mayor Michael Tompkins also congratulated the new queen.

Bridson-Pateman is the 20-year-old daughter of Cheryl Bridson and Chris Pateman who were at the Historic Gardens event. Caitlin will enter her fourth year at St. Francis Xavier University this fall, where she is studying towards a Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology. She hopes to become a children's speech pathologist in the future.

The other members of the royal party include first lady in waiting Princess Windsor, Allison Boyd, and second lady in waiting Princess Hantsport, Christine Spurr. The party was headed to Digby after their stop in Annapolis Royal.

Previous princesses from Annapolis Royal who went on to be crowned Queen Annapolisa were Gladys Miller (1947), Carol Kerr (1962), and Gillean Alcoe (1980).

Organizations: St. Francis Xavier University

Geographic location: Annapolis Royal, Historic Gardens

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