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Canadian history, art and the Royal Family's relationship to the country

The territory now known as ‘Canada’ has been inhabited by its Indigenous people for approximately 14,000 years. Over the past four centuries, people from every corner of the globe have migrated to the region. Today, Canada is a member of the Commonwealth of Nations and is a realm of HM The Queen, who reigns as Queen of Canada, entirely separate from her role as Queen of the United Kingdom or any of her other realms.

This trail examines the special relationship between The Royal Family and Canada. Click on a chapter below to explore seminal moments in the region’s history, as well as the diverse art and culture represented in the Royal Collection.

'The Country of the Canadas' - Colonial Canada

Early European exploration and settlement

'The Great Confederation' - Modern Canada

Confederation and the birth of the modern nation

'Canada Made Us' - Royal Visits

Personal and official tours forging a close relationship between the Royal Family and Canada

'So Long As The Sun Shines' - Indigenous Relations

Centuries-old links between First Nations and the Crown

Canadian Art in the Royal Collection

Outstanding works by leading artists and Indigenous communities