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The Prince of Wales and his entourage on camels posing for camera in front of Pyramid of Cheops and Pyramid of Cephrenes, Giza, Cairo. The Prince is seated on the camel fifth from the left. The man in the white suit with a cigar, gazing up at the Prince,
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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth with war veterans after the unveiling of the war memorial, Ottawa

21 May 1939

RCIN 2941061

In 1939 King George VI visited Canada with Queen Elizabeth (1900–2002), the first visit by a reigning monarch of that country. Accompanied by the Canadian Prime Minister, the royal couple covered over 8,600 miles on the Royal Train, and stopped frequently to meet soldiers, trappers, Boy Scouts and other members of the public. It was during this tour that the first recorded royal 'walkabout' took place, when Queen Elizabeth entered the crowd to talk with veterans assembled for unveiling of the Ottawa war memorial. She later said of the tour, 'I lost my heart to Canada and to Canadians, and my feelings have not changed with the passage of time'.

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