Manitoba has been visited by British royalty many times through the decades. Here is a comprehensive glimpse of the members of the Royal Family and their time spent here.
July 25, 1882 -- The Manitoba Free Press reported that a "contemplated tour" of Manitoba by Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria, and her husband the Marquis of Lorne, Canada's Governor General, didn't occur. But the paper said if the princess had come here the O'Donovan Roses party in the United States had planned to kidnap her and "hold her as a hostage until the Irish suspects were released from prison. The plot failed, however, because the Princess' visit to Manitoba was deferred."
1890 -- Prince Arthur, the Duke of Connaught, Queen Victoria's third son, and his wife the Duchess came to Winnipeg during a several-week-long tour of Canada. They arrived by train from B.C. on May 26, staying in the log house built by the Hudson's Bay Company in Silver Heights in 1856 and later occupied by Sir Donald Smith, Lord Strathcona, and by the province's first two lieutenant-governors before being destroyed in a fire in 1892. The next day they took the train to the CP Rail station and visited city hall where the mayor's daughter gave flowers to the duchess. They then went further down Main Street in a carriage, stopping to inspect the then-Hudson's Bay store there, before continuing across a bridge over the Assiniboine River, going down River Avenue, before crossing another bridge to get to Government House and an informal reception there. They headed back to leave from the rail station at noon. The duke was said to have declined a military escort through the city because "he desired to see the people as well as to meet all who wished to see him."
1901 -- Prince George, later King George V, came to Canada with his wife, who was later Queen Mary. While in Winnipeg during a tour in September, they went to a ceremony at city hall and Government House. They opened the new science building at the University of Manitoba. He gave medals to veterans of the Boer War and also soldiers who served under Lord Wolseley and General Middleton during the Red River Rebellion.
1906 -- Fifteen years after his father came, Prince Arthur of Connaught visited Winnipeg while travelling through the country for several weeks. While in the city he was greeted at city hall, he went to a lunch and dinner at Government House, he visited the Ogilvie Flour Mill, and viewed the city from the top of the Union Bank building (now Red River College's Paterson GlobalFoods Institute).
1912 -- The Duke of Connaught returns to visit the Winnipeg Exhibition more than 20 years after his first visit.
1919 -- Edward, the Prince of Wales, visited. A photo of his visit is on the wall of the Blue Room in the legislature, right above where the Prince of Wales chair sits. He later became King Edward VIII before abdicating the throne to marry Wallis Simpson. So many cheering people -- estimated at 60,000 -- greeted him outside Winnipeg's city hall that they surrounded his carriage and it took mounted police and 150 city police officers to push a path through the crowd. He then gave a speech at the newly opened legislative building. Later, while strolling with Mayor C.F. Gray, he told the press "I must cable my father and tell him what a splendid time I am enjoying." While here he also went golfing, visited the Grain Commission, and had a luncheon at the Royal Alexandra Hotel, before leaving for Saskatoon.
1923 -- Edward, the Prince of Wales, visited.
1926 -- Prince George, later Duke of Kent, the fourth son of King George V and Queen Mary, spent an hour in Winnipeg in an informal visit on the way from the West Coast to Ottawa and then to Newfoundland to sail back to England. A small one-paragraph article in the Free Press said "it is understood, however, that as little publicity as possible is desired by the British Royal Family regarding the prince's movements." But while he was here he was greeted by Lt.-Gov. T.A. Burrows at the train station and whisked to the Squash Rackets club to play a game with the lieutenant-governor's son, Arthur, and the club's president Clarence W. Jackson.
1927 -- Edward, the Prince of Wales, and his brother Prince George, both returned to spent a day in Winnipeg on Aug. 27, as part of a cross-country tour to commemorate the Diamond Jubilee of Confederation. While here they inspected the city's central steam heating plant, visited the Union Stockyards in St. Boniface, played a game of squash at the Winnipeg Squash Racket club (Prince of Wales played to a draw with the club's former president, but Prince George lost to the current president), played a game of golf with veterans at the St. Charles Country Club (the princes won), and took a car drive unescorted through the city, only being recognized by some newsboys who ran to their car to sell them newspapers.
1939 -- King George VI and his wife, Queen Elizabeth, the current Queen Elizabeth's parents, visit Winnipeg during a six-week coast to coast tour of Canada, the first time a reigning monarch had visited the country. While here on May 24, and four months before he delivered a speech depicted in the movie The King's Speech, the King delivered a Commonwealth-wide speech via radio from inside Government House. The desk where the speech was delivered is still in the building.
1941 -- Prince George, the Duke of Kent and the King's brother, visited Winnipeg and Manitoba to see firsthand how British Commonwealth Air Training Plan was going. He went to Brandon's manning depot, stopped in to see a group of British pilots graduate from the air school in Carberry, and then flew to Winnipeg to see a Bomber being built at the MacDonald Aircraft plant and the air observers' school. He also specifically met with more than 100 Polish Canadians to honour the contributions of Polish fighters in the Battle of Britain.
1951 -- The first official visit to Manitoba of the Princess Elizabeth and her husband the Duke of Edinburgh.
1954 - Philip visits Thompson by himself.
1955 -- Princess Mary, the only daughter of King George V, visited Winnipeg and St. Boniface during an official visit.
1959 -- Queen Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh visit the province during their tour of Canada.
1967 -- Princess Alexandra, the Lady Ogilvy and the youngest granddaughter of King George V, goes to Brandon and Winnipeg during an official visit.
1967 -- Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh, opens the 1967 Pan American Games in Winnipeg.
1970 -- Queen Elizabeth, accompanied by Prince Philip, and her children Prince Charles and Princess Anne, come to Manitoba to celebrate the province's centennial. They visit Churchill, Thompson, Gillam, Flin Flon, Norway House, Swan River, The Pas, Dauphin, Clear Lake, Brandon, Thomas Bailey's farm near Carberry, Portage la Prairie, Oakville, Winnipeg, Carman, Beausejour, and Lower Fort Garry. This is Prince Charles' first visit to Manitoba.
1971 -- Princess Margaret, sister of Queen Elizabeth, with her husband Lord Snowdon, to open the new Winnipeg Art Gallery.
1974 -- Princess Margaret and Lord Snowdon come to the centennial of the City of Winnipeg.
1975 -- Prince Charles officially visits Winnipeg a second time. He had just visited the Northwest Territories where he had driven a sled dog team and dove under Arctic sea ice. While here he had dinner at Government House on April 29. He flew out the next day to Florida to join the Royal Naval ship he was assigned.
1978 -- Prince Philip visits Winnipeg and attends the St. Boniface General Hospital Research Foundation award.
1979 -- Prince Charles officially visits Winnipeg a third time.
1982 -- Princess Anne visits Winnipeg, Brandon and Selkirk.
1984 -- Queen Elizabeth visits Winnipeg, Dauphin, Brandon and Dugald.
1984 -- Prince Philip presents the Duke of Edinburgh awards in Thompson.
1987 -- Prince Andrew and his wife Sarah, the Duke and Duchess of York, visit Winnipeg for four hours on July 22. During that time they went to the St. Boniface General Hospital Research Centre, inspected a Guard of Honour from Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, and walked around crowds at the Legislature after a 40-minute reception inside. Prince Andrew apologized to the crowd for the short visit and said he hoped to come again.
1990 -- Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, visits Winnipeg, St. Malo, Gillam and Churchill.
1993 -- Prince Edward returns to present the Duke of Edinburgh's Awards in Winnipeg.
1996 -- Prince Charles returns to the province a fourth time and visits Churchill and Winnipeg.
1997 -- Prince Philip comes to Manitoba to view damage in the wake of the Flood of the Century.
1999 -- Princess Anne attends the Pan American Games in Winnipeg and visited the stable where children with Manitoba Riding for Disabled receive therapeutic horseback riding.
2002 -- Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip visit Winnipeg. While here she is treated to an outdoor concert on the grounds of the Legislature featuring Loreena McKennitt.
2003 -- Prince Michael of Kent, a grandson of George V and Queen Elizabeth's cousin, visits Winnipeg with his wife, Princess Michael of Kent, to attend the grand opening of phase three of the Leo Mol Garden in Assiniboine Park.
2007 -- Prince Edward returns a third time to present the Duke of Edinburgh awards in Winnipeg.
2010 -- Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip officially visit Winnipeg. It is her sixth visit and his 10th visit.
2014 -- Prince Charles visits Manitoba a fifth time accompanied by his wife Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall.
-- source: Winnipeg Free Press archives, Province of Manitoba, Government of Canada