Prime Minister Justin Trudeau leads festivities in Ottawa with guests including Prince Charles and members of U2

Canada’s prime minister, Justin Trudeau, has kicked off celebrations to mark the country’s 150th birthday amid heavy security as many citizens braved incessant rains and long delays to reach the main site in the nation’s capital.

About 500,000 people were expected to be in Ottawa for the long-anticipated Canada Day festivities, which features a large outdoor celebration in front of the national parliament, complete with acrobats, fireworks and musicians, including singer Bono and other members of Irish rock band U2.

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