Louis Garneau

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Louis Garneau
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Full nameLouis Garneau
Born (1958-08-09) August 9, 1958 (age 60)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
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Louis Garneau, OC, CQ (born August 9, 1958) is a Canadian road racing and track cyclist and cyclewear manufacturer. Apart from the fame stemming from his eponymous company, he is probably best known for putting his arm around Elizabeth II while having his photo taken, thus breaking what the United Kingdom considers royal protocol. The incident was more controversial in the UK than it was in Canada.

Garneau said: "I asked for a picture and she said 'no problem', so I just put my arm around her shoulder. In sport, we do that all the time. The Queen said, 'I remember you—you were a cyclist—I hope business is good now'."[1] Garneau was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999 and a Knight of the National Order of Quebec in 1997.

He competed in the individual road race event at the 1984 Summer Olympics.[2]


  1. ^ "Cyclist disarms Queen for photograph". The Scotsman.
  2. ^ "Louis Garneau Olympic Results". Sports Reference. Retrieved 24 May 2015.

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