Royal receptions: A look back at Queen Elizabeth’s visits to Manitoba

Over the decades, Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family have visited Manitoba.

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Over the decades, Queen Elizabeth II and other members of the Royal Family have visited Manitoba.

Elizabeth visited Manitoba in:

  • 1951: Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh make their first official visit to Manitoba.
  • 1959: Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh make a stop in Manitoba during a tour of Canada.
  • 1970: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visit Manitoba for the 100th anniversary of the province’s entering Confederation. Joining them were Prince Charles and Princess Anne. They visited Churchill, Thompson, Gillam, Flin Flon, Norway House, Swan River, The Pas, Dauphin, Clear Lake, Brandon, Bailey Farm, Portage la Prairie, Oakville, Winnipeg, Carman, Beausejour, Steinbach and Lower Fort Garry.
  • 1984: The Queen visits Winnipeg, Dauphin, Brandon and Dugald.
  • 2002: The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh make an official visit to Winnipeg.
  • 2010: The Queen and and the Duke of Edinburgh make their final official visit to Winnipeg.

Here is a look back at the Queen’s time spent here, and the crowds who gave her a warm welcome.

The Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders play as Princess Elizabeth enters the dining room of Hotel Royal Alexandria in Winnipeg, on Oct. 16, 1951 for a luncheon. Following the Princess (front to back) are: His Honour Roland McWilliams, The Duke of Edinburgh, and the Honourable Douglas Campbell, Premier of Manitoba. (The Associated Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II visits Winnipeg on July 24, 1959, arriving at the Government House. (Jack Ablett / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II watches from Government House in Winnipeg on July 24, 1959. (Jack Ablett / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip at the intersection of Portage Avenue and Hargrave Street during their Royal visit in 1959. (Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II at the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building on July 24, 1959. (Jack Ablett / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II at the Manitoba Legislative Building on July 24, 1959. (Jack Ablett / Winnipeg Free Press)
Queen Elizabeth II in Winnipeg with Premier Duff Roblin (on her right) and Prince Phillip on July 24, 1959. (Jack Ablett / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II at the Manitoba Legislative Building on July 24, 1959. (Jack Ablett / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building on July 24, 1959. (Jack Ablett / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II with Manitoba Premier Duff Roblin and Prince Phillip on July 24, 1959. (Jack Ablett / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Winnipeg Blue Bomber Bud Grant greets Queen Elizabeth II during her Royal Tour in 1959.
Queen Elizabeth II watches a child dance during her 1952 visit to Winnipeg. (Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth with members of the RCAF in Winnipeg on July 24, 1959. (Jack Ablett / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth with members of the RCAF in Winnipeg on July 24, 1959. (Jack Ablett / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II visits Winnipeg on July 24, 1959. (Jack Ablett / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth and Nora Bailey at the 1970 backyard gathering south of Carberry, Man. (Courtesy of Brian Bailey)
Prince Philip greets members of the Bailey family. (Courtesy of Brian Bailey)
A group photo from the July 1970 Royal Family visit to the Bailey family farm. (Courtesy of Brian Bailey)
T. Roy and Nora Bailey, at left, chat with Queen Elizabeth, centre, while Princess Anne reclines on a lounger. (Courtesy of Brian Bailey)
Queen Elizabeth waves as she departs the Bailey family farm. (Courtesy of Brian Bailey)
A Manitoba beaver (right foregrond) peeks out of his box at a July 14, 1970 ceremony in which the Hudson's Bay Company observed an old tradition. Two beavers were presented to Queen Elizabeth by Viscount Amory, governor of the company. Beavers are part of payment traditionally made by the company when a ruling monarch visits the Canadian West. (The Canadian Press files)
On July 16, 1970, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive at the Manitoba legislature. (Winnipeg Free Press files)
Tree-shaded Broadway Boulevard was lined 20 deep with cheering crowds on July 15, 1970 as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip drove in an open carriage escorted by horsemen of RCMP Musical Ride to the legislature building for Manitoba Centennial Day Ceremonies. (Peter Bregg / The Canadian Press files)
On July 16, 1970, Princess Anne and Prince Charles flank their parents, Prince Philip and Queen Elizabeth II, prior to the royal couples' departure from Manitoba. (Dave Johnson / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II discusses wood carvings with craftsmen during a walkabout on Oct. 6, 1984 in Dauphin. (Ken Gigliotti / Winnipeg Free Press files)
After watching canoeists land on the banks of the Red River in Winnipeg, Oct. 6, 1984, Queen Elizabeth II goes on a walkabout with one of the canoeists dressed as explorer Pierre LaVerendrye into LaVerendrye Park. (Nick Didlick / The Canadian Press files)
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney smiles while his wife Mila curtsies for Queen Elizabeth II as she arrived for a state dinner in Winnipeg on Oct. 6, 1984. (Fred Chartrand / The Canadian Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip react as they watch a demonstration during ceremonies in Winnipeg on Oct. 8, 2002. (Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II talks with members of the Manitoba Corgi Association, including Donna Cameron with corgi named Neena (centre), during a visit to Winnipeg, on Oct. 8, 2002. (Adrian Wyld / The Canadian Press files)
Crowds squeeze together to get a glimpse of the Queen getting on a boat on the Assiniboine River at The Forks on Oct. 8, 2002. (Ruth Bonneville / Winnipeg Free Press files)
A child comes out of the crowd to present Queen Elizabeth with one of many flower bouquets at The Forks on Oct. 8, 2002. (Ken Gigliotti / Winnipeg Free Press files)
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh depart The Forks by water taxi on Oct. 8, 2002. The water taxi broke down and a second boat was used to travel to Tache Quay. (Marc Gallant / Winnipeg Free Press files)
The crowd on Memorial Boulevard waits for the arrival of Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh at the Manitoba Legislative Building on Oct. 8, 2002. (Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Manitoba Legislative Building and are greeted by thousands as the royal couple take in the entertainment provided by entertainers including Loreena McKennitt on Oct. 8, 2002. The Queen also officially rededicated the Golden Boy. (Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II, Ed Schreyer, Loreena Mckennitt, actress Nia Vardalos, and student Stacey MacKenzie at the head table at a dinner in the Rotunda on Oct. 8, 2002. (Wayne Glowacki / Winnipeg Free Press files)
The refurbished statue of the Golden Boy is surrounded by fireworks, during Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Winnipeg, on Oct. 8, 2022. (Jeff De Booy / Winnipeg Free Press files)
The refurbished statue of the Golden Boy is surrounded by fireworks, during Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Winnipeg, on Oct. 8, 2022. (Jeff De Booy / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth views a copy of the Magna Carta with Manitoba Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee (right), Anitia Lee (in pink) and Premier Greg Selinger (dark suit) at Government House in Winnipeg in July 2010. (Ross Cornish / The Canadian Press files)
Queen Elizabeth and Lt.-Gov. Philip Lee walk the grounds at Government House in 2010. (David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press files)
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh speak with the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Philip S. Lee during the rededication of the gardens at Government House in Winnipeg, in 2010. (Ross Cornish / The Canadian Press files)
Queen Elizabeth at the unveiling of a statue of herself in the Government House garden in 2010. War brides (front) were in attendance for the event. (Janek Lowe / Winnipeg Free Press files)
The Queen unveils statue of herself created by Manitoba artist and sculptor Leo Mol in Winnipeg on Saturday July 3, 2010. The statue was created in July 1970 and relocated to the grounds of Government House in Winnipeg for the re-dedication of the gardens. (Ross Cornish / The Canadian Press files)
On July 3, 2010, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, share a smile at the concert in their honour at The Forks. (Janek Lowe / Winnipeg Free Press files)
On July 3, 2010, a member of the RCMP salutes as Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip arrive as the first passengers at the new terminal at the James Armstrong Richardson International Airport in Winnipeg. (Fred Greenslade / Reuters files)
High Tea Bakery owner Belinda Bigold made 3,000 cookies with the monogram ERIIfor Queen Elizabeth II's visit to Winnipeg in 2010. (Ken Gigliottie / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip the Duke of Edinburgh arrive at the Government House luncheon for distinguished guests on July 3, 2010. (Janek Lowe / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Spectators wait for Queen Elizabeth II near Scotiabank Stage at The Forks. (Trevor Hagan / Winnipeg Free Press files)
The Queen looks at Corgis during walkabout with the Lieutenant Governor of Manitoba Philip S. Lee at Government House in Winnipeg, Saturday, July 3, 2010. (Ross Cornish / The Canadian Press files)
Sagkeeng First Nation Chief Donovan Craig Fontaine waits to greet the Queen at The Forks, where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet, in Winnipeg on Saturday, July 3, 2010. (John Woods / The Canadian Press files)
The Queen and Duke of Edinburgh wave to the crowd during the Concert for Human Rights at The Forks, where the Red and Assiniboine rivers meet, in Winnipeg on July 3, 2010. (John Woods / The Canadian Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II smiles as she walks around at Government House on July 3, 2010. (David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II speaks with children at Government House on July 3, 2010. (David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II enters Government House on July 3, 2010. (David Lipnowski / Winnipeg Free Press files)
Queen Elizabeth II crosses the Esplanade Riel and proceeds to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights presentation stage, where the cornerstone for the museum will be unveiled on July 03, 2010. (Mike Deal / Winnipeg Free Press files)

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