New Year’s Day Reception at Government House in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Beautiful staircase and portrait of the Queen Elizabeth II

Beautiful staircase and portrait of the Queen Elizabeth II

Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada
Latitude: 44.6433, Longtitude: -63.5717
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New Year’s Day reception is an annual tradition in Canada, that Queen’s representatives provide for general public. This reception is also known as New Year’s Day Levee and can be traced back to 16-th century. Nowadays, this is a great opportunity to visit Government House and shake hands with Lieutenant Governor.

New Year’s Day reception or levee starts usually at 11 am. There are ceremonial guards in bearskin caps, traditional bagpipe players and a lot of visitors. Local people from Halifax, tourists, new Canadians, officers of Canadian forces and other officials line up to wish lieutenant governor happy new year and exchange couple of phrases.

Interiors of a Government House
Interiors of a Government House

This government house reception is a unique chance to immerse oneself into surroundings of a 200 year old grand Victorian home. Government house in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada is full of antique furniture pieces, old paintings and photographs. Everything reminds about royal presence and royal visits.

Grand piano live music
Live music performed at grand piano accompanies the tour

Visitors to Government house follow along the first floor through series of rooms until they reach the office of Lieutenant governor. The house still has all beautiful Christmas decorations and several gorgeous Christmas trees. People have a chance to take off their coats in one of the rooms before proceeding to the reception.

Mirror with golden frame and Christmas decorations
Mirror with golden frame and Christmas decorations

Nova Scotia Lieutenant governor greets people in a very special room that has unique wall coverings and beautiful furnishings. After that people proceed to the refreshments area. Catering staff served hot apple cider and couple of large tables were set with an excellent selection of hors d’oeuvres.

Sweet mini pastries served at Government House in Halifax, NS
Sweet mini pastries served at Government House in Halifax, NS

New Year’s Day Levee at Government house in Halifax, Nova Scotia is a great opportunity to see the majestic interiors of this historic building and famous landmark.

Canadian officer in red uniform looking at people passing by
Canadian officer in red uniform looking at people passing by
Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor talking to officers
Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor talking to officers
Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor greeting visitors
Nova Scotia Lieutenant Governor greeting visitors
People enjoying reception at government house
People enjoying reception at government house
Visitors around the table with snacks
Visitors around the table with snacks
Elegant decor of the Lieutenant governor reception room
Elegant decor of the Lieutenant governor reception room

 

 

 

 

 

  02.11.2015 by FPImages

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