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It’s a distinct honour for anyone to offer a seat to members of the Royal family, and it’s a former Winnipegger who represents the group that has that unique privilege at the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton on Friday.

Margaret Egan, who was raised in River Heights, is a chair herself — the chair and honorary secretary of the Canada Club – which was founded 200 years ago by 26 fur traders who wintered in London from the Canadian territories.

"Among our ‘treasures’" Egan wrote Thursday in an email from London, "are two ceremonial chairs – The Canada Club Chairs.

She explained Canada Club Chairs, made of lacquered Canadian birch with gilding, enamelling and red silk cushions,

were presented by the Canada Club to Westminster Abbey in 1949 in memory of Canadian military personnel who lost their lives in the Second World War.

Egan said it is these two chairs that have been designated again for use at the wedding by senior members of the Royal family.

Which ones?

Egan doesn’t know yet.

She, like the rest of us, will just have to watch the wedding to find out.

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