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The country’s biggest party is officially underway in Ottawa.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, his wife Sophie Gregoire Trudeau and their three young children were joined by Prince Charles and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, as well Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon as they arrived on Parliament Hill to kickstart Canada Day festivities.

The dignitaries greeted throngs of cheering revellers who had gathered early under gloomy skies and rain to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial.

A line of people waiting to get through security stretched for blocks on Wellington Street.

But the drab weather wasn’t putting a damper on the festivities.

Jenna Doerksen, 29, travelled with her family from Winnipeg to participate in Ottawa celebrations. Wearing a red T-shirt and a flags on a tiara, Doerksen told The Canadian Press that she’s “wanted to come to Parliament Hill since high school.”

Earlier Saturday, Prince Charles met with Trudeau at Rideau Hall, where the royal became an extraordinary companion of the Order of Canada.During the chat, the pair discussed the rainy conditions. "We’re Canadians," Trudeau was heard to say. "We can handle a little weather."Dignitaries and politicians from around the world are joining in Canada’s celebration, sending notes of congratulations and birthday wishes to the Great White North. Politicians send birthday greetings U.S. President Donald Trump issued a shout-out on Twitter, wishing Canadians and his “new found friend” Justin Trudeau a “Happy Canada Day.” Happy Canada Day to all of the great people of Canada and to your Prime Minister and my new found friend @JustinTrudeau . — Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2017 In a video posted online, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon also sent her best wishes on Canada’s birthday.“There are few countries anywhere in the world […]

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