Queen in Canada, 1957

Canada is celebrating their 150th Anniversary of Confederation on July 1st. The British Royal Family is also the Royal Family of Canada, and the country holds a special significance as the place most visited by the Queen. The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall will be in attendance at a few events celebrating the event. In the run up to July 1st, we will be covering previous Royal Tours of Canada. Take a look below at scenes from the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh’s Royal Visit in 1957-

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In 1957, the Queen and Duke made their first official visit to Canada as the Queen and Prince Consort of the country. The had previously visited in 1951, months before her accession to the throne.

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The highlight of the visit was the Queen formally Opening the 23rd Session of the Canadian Parliament, during which she gave a speech from her throne.

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The Queen wore her famous Coronation Gown with Queen Alexandra’s Kokoshnik Tiara, Queen Victoria’s Pearl Earrings, and Coronation Necklace.

In the evening, the Queen and Duke attended a State Dinner.  The Queen wore her famous Norman Hartnell Maple Leaf of Canada Gown that featured a garland of green velvet maple leaves and white roses with the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, Diamond Chandelier Earrings, and George VI Festoon Necklace.

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On another day, the Queen and Duke laid a wreath and attended a memorial service at the Christ Church in Ottawa. The Queen also made her first radio broadcast when she addressed Canadians in which she declared her hope that the opening of the 23rd parliament would provide a glimpse “of the solid and durable foundations of our existence.”

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One of the last events was a private dinner given by Prime Minister and Mrs. Diefenbaker, at which the Queen wore her Ruby Floral Bandeau Necklace.

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