Official Visits to B.C.

Certain procedures and guidelines are followed when B.C. hosts dignitaries or official visitors. The Office of Protocol plans, conducts and oversees official visits to maximize B.C.'s international and intergovernmental objectives. We also advise on the proper protocol for addressing dignitaries and the order of precedence for official visits.

Official visitors include:

  • The Sovereign (Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II)
  • The Governor General
  • Members of the Royal Family
  • Heads of State or Government - kings, queens, presidents and prime ministers
  • Foreign ministers, governors and premiers
  • Heads of diplomatic missions (ambassadors and high commissioners) in Ottawa
  • Heads of consular posts in Vancouver
  • Trade missions, parliamentary delegations and government study groups
  • Other distinguished visitors

Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan

Their Majesties The Emperor and Empress of Japan in Victoria, B.C., on Saturday, July 11, 2009. 

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