Prince William and his wife Kate will soon be arriving in Vancouver with Prince George and Princess Charlotte on their Royal Tour of Canada.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and their children will spend one day in our fair city on Sunday, September 25.
In anticipation of the Royal Family’s visit, we rooted out some archive photos and videos of previous Royal visits to Vancouver. Enjoy!
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, (Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s great-great-great-grandparents), visited Vancouver in 1901 as part of an Empire-wide voyage.
Ten years later, the Duke was crowned King George V, his wife became Queen Mary, and his son Prince Edward became heir to the throne.
The young Prince Edward, Prince of Wales, visited Vancouver in 1919, when he was just 25 years old. Although he didn’t bring anyone along, he seems to have had a pretty good time.
In 1927, a 33-year-old Prince Edward returned to Vancouver, this time with his youngest brother, 23-year-old Prince George, both looking pretty dapper.
Nine years on, Edward became king, but abdicated to marry divorcee Wallis Simpson, leaving his brother Albert (Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s great-great-grandfather) to take the throne.
Confusingly, Albert was crowned King George VI, after choosing to use the same name as his father – and the youngest brother pictured on the right here.
The royal tour by King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s great-great-grandparents) in 1939 was one of the first visits to Canada by a reigning monarch.
Speaking many years later about the tour, Elizabeth said, “I shall always look back upon that visit with feelings of affection and happiness.
“I think I lost my heart to Canada and Canadians, and my feelings have not changed with the passage of time.”
When King George VI was crowned, his eldest daughter Princess Elizabeth became heir to the throne – and in 1951, made her first visit to Vancouver.
She was just 25 years old when she came to Canada, but only one year later, King George VI died and she was crowned Queen Elizabeth II.
Now 90 years old, Elizabeth has four children, eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren – including Prince George and Princess Charlotte.
The Queen’s sister, Princess Margaret, visited Vancouver in 1958. For her efforts, she was granted an honorary Doctorate of Laws at UBC.
The Queen’s mother, Elizabeth, now known simply as the Queen Mother, returned to Vancouver alone in 1958.
The Queen Mother was only on an overnight stopover, but she still found time to visit the mayor’s office.
Heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife Princess Diana (Prince George and Princess Charlotte’s grandparents) visited Vancouver for Expo 86.
Charles and Diana had been married for five years at the time; 10 years later they divorced. Sadly, one year after that, Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris.
The Queen’s sister Princess Margaret also visited Vancouver in 1986, although hers was a visit to Van Dusen Gardens, rather than Expo 86.
One year after their mother was killed, Prince Charles brought sons Princes William and Harry to Vancouver for a day, before heading up to Whistler to go skiing.
William was 15 years old when he came to Vancouver. Only three years later, he would meet his future wife Kate at the University of St Andrews in Scotland.
Queen Elizabeth II returned to Vancouver in 2002, to carry out the very serious task of dropping the ceremonial puck for the Canucks at Rogers Arena.
— Rogers Arena (@RogersArena) October 6, 2015
Prince Charles brought his second wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, to Vancouver in 2009 to tour the Olympic Village.
Their trip was Vancouver’s last high profile royal visit – it’s hard to imagine, but back in 2009, William and Kate weren’t even engaged, let alone married with two children.
Back to present day! Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, plus their children Prince George and Princess Charlotte will arrive in Vancouver on Sunday.
They’ll begin their tour with an official welcome at Jack Poole Plaza, followed by a visit to Downtown Eastside charity Sheway, which helps mothers battling addictions.
The family will then visit the Immigration Services Society of BC’s new housing complex, and take a hovercraft trip at the newly reopened Kitsilano Coast Guard station.
Here’s hoping the royal tour is just as epic as all these other royal visits to Vancouver.