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Chronology of Principal Royal Visits to British Columbia


Marquess of Lorne visits in his capacity as Governor General of Canada. His wife Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, accompanied him.

October 1901

Duke and Duchess of Cornwall, later King George V and Queen Mary visit as part of a cross Canada tour.

1912, 1915

Visits by Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught, who is acting as Governor General of Canada from 1911-1916. Prince Arthur was a son of Queen Victoria.


Edward, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII, visits B.C. as part of a two month tour of Canada.


Prince George, later Duke of Kent, visits the West Coast. George was the son of George V.


Edward, Prince of Wales, and his brother, Prince George, tour Canada for the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation.


Tour of Canada by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth. First visit to Canada by a reigning sovereign.


Earl of Athlone, married to Princess Alice, visits in his capacity as Governor General. Princess Alice was a granddaughter of Queen Victoria.


Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip tour Canada.


Prince Philip attends the British Empire and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver.


Princess Margaret tours B.C. for the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the Colony of British Columbia. Visits Fort St. John, Comox, Courtenay, Fort Langley, Prince George, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Victoria, Vancouver, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Kamloops, Vernon, Penticton and Chilliwack.


Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip tour Canada.


Prince Philip attends the 2nd Commonwealth Study Conference in Vancouver.


Princess Mary, the Princess Royal, visits Victoria and Vancouver. Princess Mary was the daughter of George V and aunt to the Queen.


Princess Alexandra (granddaughter of George V and cousin to the Queen) visits Vancouver and Victoria.


The Queen and Prince Philip, accompanied by Princess Anne, tour B.C. to celebrate the province’s 100th anniversary of entry into Confederation. They visit Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino, Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Williams Lake and Comox.


Prince Philip and Prince Andrew visit as part of a tour which includes the Commonwealth Games in Edmonton.


Semi-official visit by Prince Charles to Victoria.


Semi-official visit by Prince Charles to Victoria and Vancouver as President of the International Council of United World College.


Visit by Princess Alexandra to Victoria and Nanaimo.


Visits by the Queen and Prince Philip to Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Vernon, Kamloops, and New Westminster as part of a North American west coast tour.


Western Canadian tour by Prince Charles and Princess Diana. Visits to Victoria, Vancouver (Expo ’86), Prince George, Kamloops and Nanaimo.


Princess Margaret attends Expo ’86.


The Queen and Prince Philip visit Vancouver, Victoria and Esquimalt.


Visit by Princess Alexandra to Victoria.


Prince Edward visits Vancouver and Victoria as part of Commonwealth Games preparation.


Prince Edward visits Vancouver (Duke of Edinburgh Awards) and Victoria (Commonwealth Games preparation).


The Queen, Prince Philip and Prince Edward visit Victoria to attend the Commonwealth Games. The Queen officially opened the University of Northern British Columbia in Prince George. Prince Edward visits Kelowna.


Prince Edward visits Vancouver for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards.