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Royal Visits

Royal visits bring the Sovereign and his 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. With the development of air travel, royal visits have been much more frequent since World War II. Cross-Canada tours such as that of Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh in 1959 have given way to shorter, more specific regional visits, usually initiated and organized by the provinces and co-ordinated by the federal government.

Visits to Saskatchewan include:

Members of the Royal Family Visited Year
Princess Louise and
The Marquess 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
(later King Edward VIII)
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
Queen Elizabeth II 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
Queen Elizabeth II and
The Duke of Edinburgh
Regina (RCMP Centennial) 1973
The Duke of Edinburgh Regina (private visit) 1977
Queen Elizabeth II, 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
(now The Princess Royal)
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
Queen Elizabeth II 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
(now The Earl of Wessex)
Regina, Standing Buffalo First Nation, Echo Lake, Fort Qu'Appelle 1994
The Prince of Wales
(now King Charles III)
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
Queen Elizabeth II 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
(now King Charles III and
The Queen Consort)
Regina 2012
The Earl of Wessex Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, Swift Current 2014
The Earl and Countess of Wessex (Prince Edward and Sophie) Regina 2016

Saskatchewan's Royal Connections

Saskatchewan enjoys some direct connections with the Royal Family. For example, Queen Elizabeth II 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)
  • Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Jubilee Medal (Saskatchewan) (2022)

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 King rather than King Charles). 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
King Charles III His Majesty The King 2012
Princess Anne Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal 2007
Prince Andrew The Duke of York 1989
Prince Edward His Royal Highness The Earl of Wessex 2016

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

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

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