Book of Best Wishes arrives at Rideau Hall; gets x-rayed by security then on to the Prince.

News 100 blueBy Pepper Parr

July 9, 2014


The pages, with signatures from more than 3000 Burlingtonians, who signed the Book of Best Wishes, celebrating the first birthday of HRH Prince George Alexander Louis were sent to the book binder in  Georgetown.

With everything prepared beforehand the pages were sewn together and the case that holds the pages was completed and couriered to Rideau Hall in Ottawa.

Resident signing Best Wishes Royal ReadingEverything that goes to Rideau Hall gets x-rayed before anyone opens anything.  That kept the Book of Best Wishes out of the hands of the people who will arrange to get it to Prince George for his birthday, which will be celebrated at Kensington Palace in London, England on July 22nd

RR BBW cover with gold

A splendid volume with a fine message and the best wishes of thousands of Burlingtonians inside.

We don’t know yet just how the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are going to handle the Book of Best Wishes, when it arrives.  We believe Burlington is the only city in Canada that has prepared such a volume.

It was touch and go for the small committee that made this happen and there was some thought to skipping the first year – but we decided that if this was going to be a Burlington tradition, then we had to be there for the first year and every year thereafter.

RR books in for restorationClassic binding is an ancient craft – there are few that do this kind of work in Canada.  The firm we used, repairs old books as well as binding titles in leather for presentation purposes.  They do the binding for the Giller Awards each year.

RR books in for restorationKeith Felton, the Master Binder who undertook our project, advised on the leather and the approach to the binding.  His Georgetown shop is filled with equipment that has been used by the binding trade for centuries.

RR - On the occasion of calligraphy

Some of the calligraphy used to convey birthday greetings to a Prince.

Cora Brittan did the calligraphy for the Book of Best Wishes.  She chose the type style she wanted to use and added 22 karate gold decorations to many of the letters.  Cora has done work for a number of different denominational Bishops. 

She takes on a number of commissions each year and teaches calligraphy as well.  Cora and her husband Eric are established, respected artists who hold an annual show in the Beach Blvd community in Hamilton.  They have sold at the Art Gallery of Burlington at their annual auction.


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2 comments to Book of Best Wishes arrives at Rideau Hall; gets x-rayed by security then on to the Prince.

  • Alan Harrington

    Must be a martial artist doing the 22 karate gold artwork.

    The article says the book will be bound – and certainly it is bound for England where the Duke and Duchess will be thrilled to receive it.

    I’m sure their prince will be on all the pages.

    Good stuff.

  • bob

    Nice tribute to Cora Pepper. FYI, their last name is spelled Brittan.