Vote: What's your favourite memory of the royals visiting Canada?

By Zach Harper

Canadians are lucky to have hosted members of the Royal Family on dozens of official tours and visits. They've been making the trip across the pond for decades, and the Queen has done so more than 20 times!

Her Majesty first visited these shores in 1951. Back then, she was still Princess Elizabeth, Duchess of Edinburgh. She and Prince Philip toured Newfoundland, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia. PHEW!

The Queen – then Princess Elizabeth – was very pleased to meet this young ballerina in Winnipeg in 1951. Photo: © Fox Photos/Getty Images

She's made many great memories here, including stopping in to the Montreal Olympics in 1976. Princess Anne was competing in equestrian at the time. She made her first live television address in Canada in 1957, too, when she appointed Philip to the Privy Council and opened our Parliament.

The Queen at the opening ceremonies of the 1976 Montreal Summer Olympics. Photo: © Anwar Hussein/Getty Images

The Queen was last here in 2010, and royals fans were thrilled when she stepped out to Canada Day festivities on Parliament Hill that visit.

And it's not just Her Majesty who has given us so many indelible memories. Prior to Her Majesty ascending the throne in 1953, the Queen Mother made a huge impact on Canadians, too. She and King George VI spent nearly a month in Canada, visiting every province and territory in 1939. George also celebrated his 44th birthday here.

The Queen Mother and George VI attracted massive crowds on their 1939 tour of Canada. Photo: © Toronto Star Archives/Toronto Star via Getty Images

More recent years have given us lots to look back on fondly, as well. Who can forget Princess Diana and Prince Charles's first trip to Canada as a married couple in 1983? Or when Diana brought Prince William and Prince Harry to Niagara Falls on their 1991 tour and they rode on the Maid in the Mist?

Diana loved showing Canada off to her boys when they were here in 1991! They loved their time at Niagara Falls. Photo: © Tim Graham/Getty Images

A few decades later, William returned to Canada as a married man, when he and Duchess Kate visited Ontario, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, the Northwest Territories and Alberta. It was their first ever tour since their nuptials a few months earlier. Five years later, they returned to Canada with Prince George and Princess Charlotte in tow, who stole the show whenever they appeared with their parents.

How adorable is this photo of the Cambridges in British Columbia?! Photo: © Mark Large - WPA Pool/Getty Images

Toronto has also had a special place in Duchess Meghan and Harry's hearts, too. Not only did the Duchess of Sussex live in Canada's largest city when she was a star on Suits, but it's where she and the duke made their debut as a couple in 2017. Royals fans were thrilled when the two attended an Invictus Games event at Nathan Phillips Square holding hands that summer. A few months later, they announced their engagement.

We will always love this photo. Photo: © Chris Jackson for the Invictus Games Foundation/Getty Images

Phew! That's a lot of fond memories to look back on. We'd like to know: What's your favourite memory of the royals visiting Canada? Let us know in the poll below and we'll reveal the big winner on Canada Day!

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