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February 6, 1952

Princess Elizabeth’s father, King George VI, dies while the Princess is on tour in Africa. Elizabeth accedes to the throne at age 25.

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June 2, 1953

Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Abbey in London, attended by Canadian Prime Minister Louis St-Laurent. The CBC becomes the first network to broadcast footage of the ceremony in North America when they rushed film across the Atlantic in an RAF jet, the first non-stop flight between England and the mainland of Canada.

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October 14, 1957

The Queen opens Canadian Parliament and becomes first reigning monarch to deliver the Speech from the Throne when she reads it for the Conservative government of John Diefenbaker.

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June 26, 1959

The Queen opens the St. Lawrence Seaway with Prime Minister John Diefenbaker and U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower attending. On this tour, which lasts 45 days (her longest), Her Majesty visits every province and territory.

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October, 1964

The Queen visits Prince Edward Island, Quebec and Ottawa to mark the centennial of the Charlottetown and Quebec Conferences, the meetings that led to Confederation in 1867.

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June-July, 1967

The Queen visits Montreal for Expo 67 and Canada’s centennial celebrations. In Ottawa, she cut into a 9-metre tall birthday cake.

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July, 1970

The Queen visits Manitoba for the 100th anniversary of that province’s entry into Confederation. She also visits Resolute Bay in the Northwest Territories (now in Nunavut) as part of celebrations marking its centennial as well.

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May, 1971

The Queen visits British Columbia to mark the 100th anniversary of the province’s entry into Confederation.

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June-July, 1973

In an 11-day tour, the Queen marks Prince Edward Island’s 100th anniversary as a province as well as Kingston, Ontario’s 300th anniversary as a city. The Queen also visits Alberta and Saskatchewan to mark the centennial of the RCMP.

PHOTO PC/Fred Chartrand

July 17, 1976

The Queen opens the Olympic Games in Montreal. In 2012, she opened her second Olympic and Paralympic Games in London.

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October, 1977

The Queen travels to Ottawa to celebrate her Silver Jubilee, 25 years as Queen.

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October 18, 1977

The Queen opens Canadian Parliament for a second time, reading the Speech from the Throne for the Liberal government of Pierre Trudeau.

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August 3, 1978

The Queen opens the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton, becoming the first reigning monarch to do so. Before opening the games she was handed the Commonwealth baton by Canadian pentathlete, Diane Jones Konihowski.

PHOTO PC/Rod MacIvor

April 17, 1982

The Queen signs Canada’s Proclamation of the Constitution Act in Ottawa. Canada’s constitution is now fully its own, including all powers to amend it.

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October, 1987

On an extensive tour of British Columbia, the Queen opens the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Victoria. On this tour of Canada, the Queen also visits Saskatchewan and Quebec, the latter for the first time since 1964.

PHOTO PC/Dave Buston

June-July, 1992

The Queen arrives in Canada for the 125th anniversary of Confederation. In her speech at Parliament Hill she says, “You have inherited a country uniquely worth preserving. I call on you all to cherish this inheritance and protect it with all your strength.”

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August, 1994

The Queen comes for a 10-day tour during which she visits Nova Scotia and British Columbia, where she attends the Commonwealth Games in Victoria.

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June-July, 1997

The Queen travels to Newfoundland and Labrador for the 500th anniversary of John Cabot’s voyage on the Matthew.

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October 6, 2002

During her Golden Jubilee celebrations in 2002, the Queen drops the puck at the opening face off in a National Hockey League game between the Vancouver Canucks and the San Jose Sharks, with Wayne Gretzky looking on.

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May, 2005

Continuing a tradition, the Queen visits Saskatchewan and Alberta to celebrate the 100th anniversary of their entry into Confederation.

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April 9, 2007

The Queen re-dedicates the Vimy memorial at Vimy France, on the 90th anniversary of the battle. In her speech she says, “In any national story there are moments and places, sometimes far from home, which in retrospect can be seen as fixed points about which the course of history turns, moments which distinguish that nation for ever. Those who seek the foundations of Canada’s distinction would do well to begin here at Vimy.”

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June-July, 2010

The Queen visits Halifax, Ottawa, 2010 Toronto, and Winnipeg on her 22nd Royal Tour of Canada. During her visit to Halifax, Her Majesty celebrates the centennial of the Royal Canadian Navy.



The Queen and Commonwealth countries across the globe celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne.

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