"I was supposed to be hired as a clown on Parliament Hill. When I arrived for a suit, they were all taken and was told to follow the CBC broadcaster, Adrienne Clarkson, as her helper. I got her water and carried some stuff as she prepared to do the show. I helped her up a high ladder to the booth and was done my duty.
"So, I emptied garbage cans that were filling fast and found myself behind the big cake as the Queen and Philip exited to address the crowds. He saw the cake and, to my amusement, took a big swipe of the icing with his finger as he passed. It must be in a picture somewhere."
- Ronald Conlon, Ottawa
Photo: The Queen and Philip while visiting Canada in 1967. © Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images
– Sheryl Hunnie, Manitoba
Photo: The Queen and Philip talking to guests at a Buckingham Palace Garden Party in 1997. © JOHN STILLWELL/POOL/AFP via Getty Images
"Another student and I found out about when he was coming and where he would be on the island. We decided that going to the church where he would give a Bible reading was our best chance to see him. We arrived an hour early to get good seats. Everyone was in such good spirits. It was exciting to be in church with a member of the Royal Family.
"After the service was over, he did not leave right away. He stayed around to talk to people. I read that we should not speak to a member of the Royal Family first unless they speak first. He did not speak to me, but he smiled. I took his picture. It is one of my best memories of being on the island of Montserrat."
– Vanessa Lund Davis, Chicago
Photo: The Queen and Prince Philip aboard the Britannia during the Silver Jubilee tour of the Caribbean in 1977. © PA Images via Getty Images
– Jane Colwell, New Hamburg, Ont.
Photo: Philip, Princess Anne, Mark Phillips, Prince Edward, the Queen, Prince Andrew and Prince Charles in Canada for the Olympics in 1976. © Anwar Hussein/Getty Images
"While the Queen was escorted out of the limo, Prince Philip exited the vehicle, broke protocol and walked around the car and came to me. I was waving a flag and he told me a joke... or something that made me laugh..."
- Penny Grimshaw
Photo: Philip and the Queen listen to an Acadian band in Mont-Carmel, P.E.I. during their 1973 tour. Photo: © Doug Griffin/Toronto Star via Getty Images
Photo: The Queen and Philip arrive at Parliament Hill in Ottawa in a carriage to open the 30th Parliament on tour in 1977. © Jeff Goode/Toronto Star via Getty Images
– Patricia Deines, Kelowna, B.C.
Photo: Philip and the Queen leaving Vancouver on a much different trip in 2002. © Don MacKinnon/Getty Images
"I had purchased a bouquet of flowers for the Queen and as she did a walkabout on the tarmac, the Queen walked past where I was standing, but Prince Philip walked up to me and asked if I'd like to present my flowers to the Queen.
"I could not understand what he was asking because I understood formality not to approach the Queen. My mother, standing next to me and nudging me, said I'd love to.
"As I agreed, Prince Philip told me, 'Well, climb under [the barricade].' He put his hand over my head as I bent underneath the barricade and he escorted me to the Queen.
"He engaged in small talk with me, asking me where I was from, to which I said Yellowknife. He probed further, asking, 'Whereabouts in Yellowknife?' I was so nervous that I gave him short and blunt answers (after all, he wouldn't know where 47th Street was), so I told him I lived, 'Oh, just down the street.' We were on the Yellowknife Airport tarmac.
"He smiled during the entire encounter and he attempted so much to be engaging to a shy and nervous teenager.
"When I arrived to the Queen with Prince Philip by my side, she had a smile and look of 'Where did you come from?' I presented the Queen with my flowers and said to her, 'It's an honour to meet you, Your Majesty.' Then I turned and went back to the crowd. Security had calmed down and then the CBC interviewed me as the girl that Prince Philip took from the crowd.
"At the time of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012, I wrote a letter to Prince Philip and thanked him for a moment in my life that is frozen in time and to which, I am so grateful. He was such a lovely gentleman."
- Natasha Penney, Fort Liard, N.W.T.
Photo: © Natasha Penney