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Royal Visits

Royal visits bring the Sovereign and her family into direct contact with people from all walks of life across Canada and bring value to the function of the constitutional monarchy. This personal presence vividly reminds Canadians of their heritage and political culture as a parliamentary democracy under the Crown.  It also assists the Canadian Crown in its key role, symbolizing and uniting our citizens above the beyond ethnic backgrounds and partisan politics.

Royal visits lend the prestige of the Royal Family to worthy causes such as health care, education, the arts, the disabled, multicultural groups, and the volunteer sector.  And they attract national and international attention to Saskatchewan's resources, industry, culture and tourism 

For example, in 1989, The Duke and Duchess of York toured the province's northern tourist region, including the historic community of Stanley Mission and a First Nations co-operative sawmill in Meadow Lake; helped publicize the Canada Summer Games in Saskatoon; celebrated Swift Current's 75th anniversary; and visited the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre in Regina. In 1994 Prince Edward joined a First Nations pow-wow and visited a healing lodge near Fort Qu'Appelle, for which he is the royal patron. 

Members of the Royal Family have also visited farms, livestock shows, schools and factories, and have been guests at concerts, plays and variety shows. They have celebrated the anniversaries of municipalities and institutions.  Royal visits thus contribute a rich strand to the texture of community life across Canada.

Royal Visits to Saskatchewan

Visits from members of the Royal Family have been a feature of Canadian life since before Confederation.  However, the first visit to Canada by a reigning monarch was the historic 1939 tour of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the parents of the present Queen).  With the development of air travel, royal visits have been much more frequent since World War II.  Cross-Canada tours such as that of The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1959 have given way to shorter, more specific regional visits, usually initiated and organized by the provinces and coordinated by the federal government. 

Visits to Saskatchewan include:

Members of the Royal Family Visited Year
Princess Louise and The Marquis of Lorne Regina 1882
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York Regina, Moose Jaw, Qu'Appelle 1901
Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught Regina 1906
The Duke and Duchess of Connaught and Princess Patricia

Regina, Moose Jaw, Regina Opening of the Legislative Building

1912, 1916
The Prince of Wales
Saskatoon, Maple Creek, Gull Lake, Swift Current (whistle stops), Regina, Qu’Appelle Valley
1919
The Prince of Wales and Prince George
Regina, Moose Jaw
1927
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (The Queen Mother)

Broadview, Regina, Moose Jaw, Saskatoon.  Brief pauses in a number of communities that the train passed through.  Large crowds in Melville and Watrous.

1939
Princess Alice and The Earl of Athlone
Regina, small rural communities, Moose Jaw, small rural communities 1941, 1945
Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh Regina, Moose Jaw, Swift Current, Saskatoon
1951
Princess Margaret
Prince Albert and Waskesiu
1958
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh
Saskatoon, whistle stops enroute to Moose Jaw including Hanley and Chamberlain, Regina, whistle stops at Indian Head, Broadview and Moosomin
1959
Lord Louis Mountbatten Regina
1966

Princess Alexandra and The Honourable Angus Ogilvy

Regina (Canada’s Centennial)
1967
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh
Regina (RCMP Centennial)
1973

The Duke of Edinburgh

Regina (private visit)
1977
The Queen, The Duke of Edinburgh and Prince Edward

Regina, Moose Jaw, Lloydminster, Yorkton, Melville, Fort Qu’Appelle, Balcarres, Saskatoon, Cory Potash Mine

1978
Princess Margaret
Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Muskoday First Nation, Zenon Park, Tisdale, The Battlefords (Saskatchewan’s 75th Anniversary)
1980
The Princess Anne
Regina, Wilcox, Gravelbourg, Estevan, Alameda, Moosomin, Saskatoon, Qu’Appelle Valley
1982
Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother
Regina 1985
The Duke of Edinburgh

Regina, Last Mountain Lake, a farm near Kroneau (private visit)

1987
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh
Regina, Saskatoon, Wanuskewin Heritage Park, Canora, Veregin, Kamsack, Kindersley, a farm near Flaxcombe
1987
The Duke and Duchess of York
Regina, Stanley Mission, LaRonge, Saskatoon, Prince Albert, Arrowhead Island on Lac LaRonge, Nipawin, Meadow Lake, Swift Current
1989
The Prince Edward

Regina, Standing Buffalo First Nation, Echo Lake, Fort Qu’Appelle

1994
The Prince of Wales

Regina, 15 Wing Moose Jaw, Assiniboia, Saskatoon, Wanuskewin Heritage Park

2001
The Earl of Wessex

Regina, Lloydminster, Prince Albert, Melfort, Moose Jaw

2003
The Princess Royal

Regina, Saskatoon, The Battlefords

2004
The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh

Regina, Lumsden, Saskatoon

2005 
The Earl of Wessex
Regina, Moose Jaw 2006

The Princess Royal

Regina, Yorkton, Saltcoats
2007
The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall
Regina 2012
The Earl of Wessex
Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current
2014
Saskatchewan's Royal Connections

Saskatchewan enjoys some direct connections with the Royal Family.  For example, The Queen has granted the title "Royal" to several organizations: 

  • Royal Regina Golf Club
  • Royal Regina Rifles (reserve infantry unit)
  • Royal Saskatchewan Museum, Regina 
  • Royal United Services Institute, Regina
  • Royal University Hospital, Saskatoon
Members of the Royal Family have an ongoing connection with Saskatchewan through scholarships awarded in their name:
  • The Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship in Parliamentary Studies (1987)
  • The Prince of Wales Scholarship (2001)
  • The Prince Edward Drama Scholarship (2003)
  • The Queen Elizabeth II Centennial Aboriginal Scholarship (2005)
  • The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall Fund (2012) (formerly The Prince of Wales Scholarship)
  • The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Scholarship (2012)
Royal Family Titles

It is customary to refer to members of the Royal Family by their title rather than their first name (e.g., The Queen rather than Queen Elizabeth).  The principal members of the Royal Family and their titles are listed below, together with the year of their most recent visit to Saskatchewan.

Family Member Title Last Visited
Queen Elizabeth II Her Majesty The Queen 2005
Prince Philip His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh 2005
Prince Charles His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales 2012
Princess Anne Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal 2007
Prince Andrew His Royal Highness The Duke of York 1989
Prince Edward His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex 2014

Since the members of the Royal Family visit Canada in their capacity as family of The Queen of Canada, it is not accurate to refer to the "Queen of England" or the "British Royal Family."

Canada is a constitutional monarchy in its own right, separate from the United Kingdom, and The Queen is the Canadian Head of State, represented federally by the Governor General and provincially by the Lieutenant Governors.



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