Royal Visits to Victoria, BC

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will start their 2016 Tour of Canada in Victoria, British Columbia this week. Here we take a look at all the royals that have come to the city, from King George V to the Countess of Wessex, Victoria will see the Duke & Duchess of Cambridge, Prince George and Princess Charlotte on Saturday, September 24th.

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In 1901, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall & York (later King george V and Queen Mary) visited Victoria during their 1901 tour of Canada. The royal couple posed in-front of the Parliament in Victoria Harbour.

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In 1919, The Prince of Wales (future Duke of Windsor and son of George V and Queen Mary) visited Victoria to unveil the statue of its namesake monarch, Queen Victoria, in front of the Parliament in Victoria Harbour, during his 1919 Tour of the British Empire.

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King George VI and Queen Elisabeth (parents of the present Queen) visited Victoria during their famous 1939 North American Tour. They visited the Parliament buildings and attended a ceremony at beacon Hill Park. Queen Elisabeth (as The Queen Mother) later visited Victoria in 1966, to open the Royal BC Museum.

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The Current Queen first visited Victoria with Prince Phillip in 1951. The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh, and Princess Anne visited in 1971, With the Queen and Duke visiting again in 1986, 1994 (for the Commonwealth Games when she unveiled a statue I have personally seen), and in 2002 for her Golden jubilee Tour.

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Princess Margaret visited Victoria in 1958, when she came to celebrate the centennial of British Columbia’s entry into Confederation and thus toured the entire province.

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The Prince of Wales visited Victoria as a bachelor in 1979, with Diana, Princess of Wales in the 1986, when they came to open Expo 86 in Vancouver, and with the Duchess of Cornwall in 2009.

The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Victoria in 2014, during their tour of Canada, when they visited Government House and met the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. screen-shot-2016-09-22-at-10-22-20-pm

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