Princess Elizabeth in Toronto, 1951

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in the City of Toronto during their extensive Tour of Canada on this day in 1951, different phases of which we are individually covering over the next few weeks. Following a busy Summer, with the Opening of the Festival of Britain, the Danish State Visit, the Norwegian State Visit, the Tour of Canada was the first sign of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke, who had given up his Naval Careerbecoming full-time working Royals in the last few months of King George VI’s life, ahead of her Accession to the Throne. 

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Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh landed at Malton Airport, and attended a spectacular Civic Reception outside City Hall in Toronto, followed by a drive through Riverdale Park. The Princess inspected members of the 48th Highlanders of Canada during a visit to the University Avenue Armory, before visiting Sunnybrook Hospital and dropping the puck at the season opener between Chicago and the Toronto Maple Leafs.

In the evening, Princess Elizabeth (wearing the Nizam of Hyderabad Tiara, her Bahrain Pearl Earrings, the  Nizam of Hyderabad Necklace, and the Order of the Garter) and the Duke of Edinburgh were guests of Honour at a spectacular Banquet hosted by the Ontario Government at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto.

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Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh were also pictured alighting from the Royal Train to dine with the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at the Legislative Building in Toronto, on the last evening of their visit in Toronto, before they moved on to the maritime provinces.

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