Victoria in Capital, British Columbia — Canada’s West Coast
Royal and Distinguished Visitors
As the representative of the Crown, the Lieutenant Governor plays an important ceremonial role that includes hosting royal visitors, heads of state, the Governor General, and other dignitaries. Members of the royal family have toured Canada since 1860 to maintain close ties between Canadians and the Crown. Canada’s Royal family continues to tour regularly and stays at Government House while in Victoria.
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1. Princess Margaret, the younger sister of Queen Elizabeth II, toured the province in 1958 during the celebrations marking the centennial of the colony of British Columbia.
BC Archives, G-06365
2. Future British Prime Minister Winston Churchill (third from left) visited Canada with family members while on a speaking tour in 1929. In Victoria he was hosted by Lieutenant Governor Robert Randolph (second from left) and his niece Helen Mackenzie.
BC Archives, F-05006
3. Princess Juliana of the Netherlands (right) took refuge in Canada during the Second World War. When she visited Victoria in 1944, she hosted a tea party for the local Dutch community.
BC Archives, I-00937
4. In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth were the first reigning monarchs to visit Canada. Their country-wide royal tour strengthened ties between Britain and Canada as war loomed in Europe. Accompanied by Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, in Victoria they were hosted by Lieutenant Governor Eric Werge Hamber and Chatelaine Aldyen Hamber.
5. Pipe Major John Mager led Queen Elizabeth II and Lieutenant Governor David See-Chai Lam through the grounds of Government House in 1994. By 2012, Mager had served six Lieutenant Governors as piper and chauffeur.
Government House Archives
6. Emperor Akihito of Japan met Their Honours Steven Point and Gwendolyn Point in July 2009. The Emperor first stayed at Government House in 1953 when he was a 19-year old heir to the Japanese throne, en route to the coronation of Queen Elizabeth.
Photo by John Yanyshyn, Visions West Photography. Supplied by Government House.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Charity & Public Work • Government & Politics • Patriots & Patriotism. A significant historical month for this entry is July 2009.
Location. 48° 25.155′ N, 123° 20.544′ W. Marker is in Victoria, British Columbia, in Capital . Marker is near the gazebo on the grounds of Government House, the residence of the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1401 Rockland Avenue, Victoria BC V8S 1V9, Canada. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Order of Canada / Ordre du Canada (a few steps from this marker); Sir Anthony Musgrave (within shouting distance of this marker); Stone Boundary Marker (within shouting distance of this marker); Hosaqami (within shouting distance of this marker); Sir James Douglas, KCB (within shouting distance of this marker); The Role of the Lieutenant Governor (within shouting distance of this marker); The People and the Lieutenant Governor (within shouting distance of this marker); Government House (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Victoria.
Credits. This page was last revised on July 22, 2018. It was originally submitted on July 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 440 times since then and 39 times this year. Photos: 1, 2. submitted on July 3, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.