Royal Visits from 1786 to 1951

This is a list of visits to Canada by members of the Royal Family, along with the periods of residence of royal governors general.

1786-87
Prince William, the future King William IV, came to Canada as part of a naval contingent serving in North America and the West Indies.

1791-98, 1799-1800
Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (later father of Queen Victoria), fourth son of King George III, stayed in Canada on military duties and as Commander of British North American troops.

1860
Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, undertook a two-month tour of Upper and Lower Canada.

1861
Prince Alfred spent five weeks in the Maritime Provinces, Newfoundland and Lower Canada.

1869-70
Prince Arthur, later Duke of Connaught, spent a year in Canada with the Rifle Brigade based at Montreal.

1878-83
The Marquess of Lorne, accompanied by his wife, Princess Louise, resided in Canada as Governor General. Many members of the Royal Family visited them during this time.

1890
The Duke of Connaught toured Canada for several weeks.

1900
Princess Marie-Louise cut short an intended holiday in Canada, at the insistence of her husband, Prince Aribert of Anhalt, and of Queen Victoria.

1901
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary), toured Canada coast-to-coast as part of an Empire-wide voyage.

1906
Prince Arthur of Connaught spent several weeks touring Canada.

1908
George, Prince of Wales (later King George V), visited Quebec for the city's tercentenary.

1911-16
The Duke of Connaught, accompanied by the Duchess of Connaught and Princess Patricia, resided in Canada as Governor General.

1913
Prince Albert, Duke of York (later King George VI), visited parts of Canada during his service with the Royal Navy, with his ship, HMS Cumberland.

1919
Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), undertook a two-month tour of Canada.

1923
Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), visited his ranch in Alberta, calling in at many major towns and cities over a seven-week period.

1924
Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), paid another visit to his ranch, as part of an unofficial tour of Canada.

1926
Prince George (later Duke of Kent) visited parts of Canada, including the West coast.

1927
Edward, Prince of Wales, and Prince George visited Canada for the Diamond Jubilee of the Confederation.

1928
Prince George paid a private visit to Canada.

1929
Prince Henry (later Duke of Gloucester) spent a short time privately in Canada.

1939
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth undertook a six-week coast-to-coast tour of Canada.

1940-46
The Earl of Athlone, with his wife Princess Alice, resided in Canada as Governor General.

1941
Prince George, Duke of Kent, visited air bases and training centres in Canada.

1941
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor visited their ranch near Calgary

1945
Viscount Lascelles (later Earl of Harewood) joined the staff of Government House as aide-de-camp to the Earl of Athlone.

1945
The Duke and Duchess of Windsor spend a short holiday in New Brunswick.

1951
Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh undertook a coast-to-coast tour of Canada.

[Taken from Royal Canada, Trevor Hall, 1989, Archive Publishing]

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