The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh were on a two-week Tour of Canada on this day in 1973, 50 years ago, to celebrate the Centenary of Prince Edward Island’s entry into Confederation, the Tercentenary of the City of Kingston, and the Centennial of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. The Queen and Duke were back in Canada later that month for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 1973.
The highlight of the Tour was the Gala Dinner in honour of the Queen (wearing the Girls of Great Britain and Ireland Tiara, King George VI Festoon Necklace and Greville Diamond Chandelier Earrings with the Order of Canada) and Duke at the Royal York Hotel in Toronto, which was given by the Government of Ontario.
The Queen (wearing the Coronation Necklace and Earrings) and Duke also attended a performance of George Bernard Shaw’s You Never Can Tell at the Festival Theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake with Lord Mayor Jacob Froese.
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The Tour included visits to Mount Carmel in Newfoundland, Charlottetown and Summerside in Prince Edward Island, Toronto, Cobourg, Kingston, Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, London, St. Catharines, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Scarborough, Brampton, and Malton in Ontario, Regina in Saskatchewan, and Calgary in Alberta.