Royal Tour Timeline

Her Majesty The Queen and members of the Royal Family have been visiting B.C. for the past century.  Below is a snapshot of their tours.

2000s

2016, September 24 to October 1
Their Royal Highnesses The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge toured B.C. including Victoria, Vancouver, Bella Bella Haida Gwaii and Kelowna.

2014, September 12 to 19
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex presented The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards and attended First Nations roundtables and charitable activities in Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna.

2013, May 15 to 19
His Royal Highness The Duke of York, presented The Duke of Edinburgh’s Awards, toured the University of British Columbia Brain Treatment Department in Vancouver and attended the Highland Games in Victoria.

2010, March 18 to 22
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended the 2010 Paralympic Games as patron of the British Paralympic Society.  They also presented The Duke of Edinburgh Awards in Vancouver.

2010, February 9 to 16
Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal (Princess Anne) attended the 2010 Winter Olympics Games in Vancouver as a member of the International Olympic Committee.

2009, November 2 to 10
His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall visited B.C. for the first time as a couple.  

2009, June 3 to 8
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex presented The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards in Vancouver.

2006, June 1 to 9
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex visited Rocky Mountains Cadet Camp.  They attended The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards and various personal projects in Vancouver and Victoria.

2003, June 12 to 17
His Royal Highness The Duke of York attended the Pearson College of the Pacific in Victoria.

2003, May 6 to 12
His Royal Highness The Duke of York presented at The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards. He attended the Children Circle of Care Conference and turned the sod for the new mental health building of the British Columbia Children's Hospital Vancouver.

2002, October 4 to 15
Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh visited Victoria and Vancouver on the occasion of The Queen’s Jubilee.

2001, April 4 to 8
The Duke of Kent visited Vancouver as President of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.

2000, November 23 to 26
The Duke and Duchess of Kent attended the dedication ceremony of the Waveney lifeboat (White Rose of Yorkshire) in Vancouver.

1990s

1999, March 9 to 10
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended the Gold Award Ceremony for The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards and a Charter for Business reception in Vancouver.

1998, March 23 to 28
The Princes of Wales, William and Harry attended official engagements in Vancouver, followed by a private holiday in Whistler.

1994, August 13 to 29
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended the Commonwealth Games and The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards in Victoria.  They also visited Kelowna.

1994, August 13 to 22
Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh opened the Commonwealth Games in Victoria.  They had a private retreat at Twin Island, Prince George for The Queen; and Prince Rupert, Khutzeymateen Valley for The Duke of Edinburgh.

1993, September 30 to October 3
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended a meeting with the Assembly of Commonwealth Games Federation.  They visited sites for 1994 Games and attended The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards in Victoria

1993, March 26 to April 15
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended fundraising dinners and presentations for The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards and Commonwealth Games in Vancouver and Victoria.  The trip included a private ski holiday.

1992, March 7 to 12
The Duke of Edinburgh attended Canadian Forces Base Suffield and World Wildlife Fund engagements in Vancouver and Victoria.

1991, October 23 to 26
Their Royal Highnesses The Earl and Countess of Wessex attended fundraising dinners and Gold Award presentations for The Duke of Edinburgh's Awards and Commonwealth Games Organization in Vancouver.

1980s

1989, May 16 to 17
The Duke of Edinburgh had dinner with the Lieutenant Governor in Victoria.

1987, October 9 to 24
Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh participated in opening sessions of B.C. government and attended the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in North Saanich.  The tour included a private retreat at Qualicum Beach.

1986, April 30 to May 7
The Prince and Princess of Wales opened Expo 86.  They visited Victoria, Vancouver, Prince George, Kamloops, and Nanaimo.

1983, March 8 to March 11
Queen Elizabeth II and The Duke of Edinburgh visited B.C. during a West Coast tour. Cities they visited were: Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Vernon, Kamloops, and New Westminster.

1982, October 29 to 31
His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales visited the Lester B. Pearson College in Victoria.

1980, March 30 to April 3
His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales, as President of International Council of United World College, visited Pearson College of the Pacific and attended meetings of the Council in Vancouver and Victoria.

1970s

1979, April 1 to 7
His Royal Highness, Prince Charles, The Prince of Wales visited Victoria on a semi-official tour.

1971, May 3 to 12
Queen Elizabeth II, The Duke of Edinburgh, and Princess Anne visited B.C. to mark the centenary anniversary of B.C. into confederation.  They visited Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino, Kelowna, Vernon, Penticton, Williams Lake, and Comox.

1960s

1969, October 16 to 31
The Duke of Edinburgh visited B.C. to study operations of The Duke of Edinburgh's Award British Columbia.

1962, June 13 to June 28
Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal (Princess Mary) visited Victoria and Vancouver to present new colours earned in Second World War by Canadian Scottish Regiment. Princess Mary is Colonel-in-Chief.

1962, May 12 to June 3
The Duke of Edinburgh attended a second Commonwealth study conference in Vancouver.

1950s

1959 June 18 to August 1
Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh toured all provinces in Canada and attended the opening of the St-Lawrence Seaway.

1954, July 29 to August 17
The Duke of Edinburgh visited Vancouver for the 1954 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.

1951, October 20 to 22
Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh (later Queen Elizabeth II) and the Duke of Edinburgh undertook a coast-to-coast tour of Canada. They visited Victoria and Vancouver.

1940s & Prior

1941
The Earl of Athlone, with his wife Princess Alice, resided in Canada as Governor General.  They visited all provinces and territories.

1939, May 28 to 31
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth undertook a six-week coast-to-coast tour of Canada.  This was the first visit by a reigning British monarch.  

1927, August  17 to 23
Edward, Prince of Wales, and Prince George visited Canada for the Diamond Jubilee of the Confederation.   

1926
Prince George (later Duke of Kent) visited parts of Canada, including the West Coast. 

1919, September
Edward, Prince of Wales (later King Edward VIII), undertook a two-month tour of Canada.

1912, September
The Duke of Connaught accompanied by the Duchess of Connaught, officiated at the ceremony naming the brand-new Connaught Bridge (known as Cambie Bridge).  

1901, September 27 to 28
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later King George V and Queen Mary) toured Canada coast-to-coast as part of an Empire-wide voyage.  Visits included Victoria and Vancouver.

1890
The Duke of Connaught resided in 1869-70 before becoming Governor General. He toured Vancouver and Victoria.

1882, September 20 to October 27
As Governor General, The Marquess of Lorne, accompanied by his wife, Princess Louise, visited B.C.