Seventy-eight years ago, at the British Empire Exhibition in her native Scotland, Jenny Stewart first laid eyes on an RCMP officer in full red serge.
"There were these beautiful red apples coming down a chute, and at the top was a Mountie. He was standing there, representing Canada. My gaze fixed on him. I don’t know what it was, but I was smitten," Stewart recalled to the Globe and Mail.
The then-10-year-old was "absolutely taken by this Mountie" and told her friends, "Maybe some day I can go to Canada and I can see a real Mountie again."
In 1946, Stewart married Walter, a Canadian soldier, and moved to Halifax, then Saskatoon.
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In 1958, the couple settled in British Columbia, where Stewart still lives. Walter died in the '70s, leaving Stewart to raise four children on her own.
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