Princess Elizabeth in Winnipeg, 1951

Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh arrived in the City of Winnipeg 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. 

Princess Elizabeth in Quebec | Ottawa | Toronto

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During their visit to the City of Winnipeg, Capital of the Province of Manitoba, Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh attended Divine Service at the Cathedral of St. John Evangelist, later making a speech at the Manitoba Legislative Chamber and visiting a military training centre before driving through the streets of Winnipeg.

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The highlight was a Dinner hosted by the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba at Government House, followed by a spectacular Gala Performance of the Winnipeg Ballet in honour of the Princess (wearing the Girls of Great Britain & Ireland Tiara, her Bahrain Pearl Earrings, her Diamond Fringe Necklace and the Order of the Garter) and Duke of Edinburgh, which was one of the most splendid Galas of the entire Tour.

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