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Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon sit on the throne after being sworn in as the 28th Governor General in the Senate on Parliament Hill, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)
Governor General David Johnston and his wife Sharon sit on the throne after being sworn in as the 28th Governor General in the Senate on Parliament Hill, Friday, Oct. 1, 2010, in Ottawa. (Adrian Wyld/Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press)

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Pomp and circumstance replaced the cut and thrust of daily politics as David Johnston was formally installed as Canada's 28th Governor-General Friday.

The 69-year-old academic, who has a background in law and served as president of both McGill and Waterloo universities, took over from Michaëlle Jean. The former journalist completed her last official act Thursday by planting a sapling at Rideau Hall. She will become the United Nation's special envoy to her native Haiti.

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In keeping with his theme, "The Smart and Caring Nation: A Call to Service," Mr. Johnston paid tribute to Canada's military as well as young and exemplary Canadians, including a peewee hockey player and an Olympic athlete.

After his installation, he and his wife, Sharon, were to travel by state landau from Parliament Hill to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to lay a bouquet of roses.

The Globe's senior political writer Jane Taber and reporter Jill Mahoney provided live coverage of Mr. Johnston's installation.

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