In the summer of 1959, The Queen and Prince Philip took the longest royal tour in Canadian history, which included 17 military parades, 21 formal dinners, 64 guards of honour and 381 platform appearances. During the forty-five day tour, The Queen visited all ten provinces, four of the great lakes, both territories, and briefly detoured to the United States. Shortly after her return to England, the Queen revealed that she was pregnant with her third child and had sworn everyone on the tour to absolute secrecy.
Canadian royal tours have been taking place since 1786, when Prince William, who was to become William IV, first visited the country. The Queen herself had already been to Canada in 1951, as Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh, standing in for her father who was too ill to travel. The Queen last visited Canada in 2010.
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Queen Elizabeth Visiting Harmon Air Force Base
Queen Elizabeth Welcoming President Eisenhower in Montreal
Queen Elizabeth receiving a flower from a young girl
Kitchener, Decorated in Celebration of The Queen’s Visit
Queen Elizabeth Signs the Guest Book at the Canadian National Railway Station, Hamilton
Queen Elizabeth visiting the Battle of Stoney Creek Monument, near Hamilton
The Queen at the Civic (Ivor Wynne) Stadium, Hamilton
Queen Elizabeth Park, Vancouver
The Opening of The Deas Island Tunnel, Vancouver
The Royal Yacht