" Happy Memorial Day to all in the USA; sorry...not sure when Canadians might celebrate something similar -snapper"
Hope your Memorial Day is a good one. We celebrated Queen Victoria's birthday decently, otherwise known as The May Two-Four eh.
Hoop's vanishing from public life may be as simple as his personal life requiring his undivided focused attention, and choosing to keep it private.
Whatever is or isn't going on I wish him well.
I never used the sentiment Happy. Pretty sure you can have "a good one" thoughtfully without too much gaiety, so yes I do know what Memorial Day is about. But I'm pretty sure my American friend Snapper mean't well and his thoughts are in the right place, so I just amicably let it slide.
Queen Vic was our Monarch for a time. There exists Monarchists and AntiMonarchists and Who-Gives-A-Regal-Damn-ists here where I live. I however choose to acknowledge the 3rd Monday in May as frost free garden planting time.