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Important events related to the royal family.

April 21, 1926

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Birth of Elizabeth II

The future Queen Elizabeth II of England was born.

May 17, 1939

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth

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First Royal Visit

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrived in Canada for a state visit, the first reigning monarchs to visit Canada or any Commonwealth country. On May 19, George VI gave royal assent to several Canadian Bills in the Senate Chamber.

February 06, 1952

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Queen Elizabeth II

While his eldest daughter, Princess Elizabeth, was touring Africa, King George VI died at the age of 56. Accordingly, Elizabeth became Queen Elizabeth II, Queen of — among other places — Canada at the age of 25.

June 02, 1953

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Queen Elizabeth II Coronation

The coronation of Queen Elizabeth II took place in Westminster Abbey.

October 14, 1957

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Elizabeth II Opens Parliament

Queen Elizabeth II opened Parliament, the first time a reigning monarch opened Parliament in Canada.

April 01, 1959

St Lawrence Seaway, Map

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St Lawrence Seaway Formally Opened

The St Lawrence Seaway was opened to commercial shipping. Queen Elizabeth II and President Eisenhower dedicated it on June 26. The Seaway provided transportation for ocean going vessels from Lake Superior to Montréal.

October 06, 1964

Confederation Centre, Charlottetown

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Confederation Centre of the Arts Opens

The Confederation Centre of the Arts was declared open by Queen Elizabeth II on the 100th anniversary of the Charlottetown Conference.

October 10, 1964

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Queen Visits Québec

Queen Elizabeth II visited Québec. She was met with hostility by Québec separatists who saw her as the symbol of past colonial oppression, and the day is remembered as “Samedi de la matraque” or Truncheon Saturday.

December 15, 1964

Unveiling the New Flag

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New Flag Adopted

A new national flag of Canada was adopted after much debate. The Senate gave its approval on 17 December. Queen Elizabeth signed the royal proclamation on 28 January and the new flag, with its red maple leaf and side bars, flew officially for the first time on 15 February 1965.

July 05, 1967

Order of Canada

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Michener First Ribbon and Star

Governor General Michener was invested by Queen Elizabeth II with the first ribbon and pendant star of the Order of Canada.

March 08, 1982

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Canada Act Passed

The British House of Commons passed the Canada Act of 1982. It was adopted by the House of Lords on March 25. The Act ended British legislative jurisdiction over Canada. Queen Elizabeth II signed the proclamation in Ottawa on April 17.

April 17, 1982

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Patriation of the Constitution

Queen Elizabeth II proclaimed the new Constitution Act on Parliament Hill.

April 09, 2007

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Queen Re-dedicates the Vimy Memorial

Queen Elizabeth II re-dedicated the Vimy memorial at Vimy, France, on the 90th anniversary of the battle. In her speech she said, “In any national story there are moments and places, sometimes far from home, which in retrospect can be seen as fixed points about which the course of history turns, moments which distinguish that nation for ever. Those who seek the foundations of Canada’s distinction would do well to begin here at Vimy.”

June 02, 2012

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Queen Elizabeth II's Diamond Jubilee

Queen Elizabeth II and Commonwealth countries across the globe celebrate Her Majesty’s 60 years on the throne.

July 22, 2013

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Birth of Prince George Alexander Louis

His Royal Highness Prince George of Cambridge was born in London, UK, to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, and Prince William. He is the third great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II.

May 02, 2015

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Birth of Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana

Prince William and Kate Middleton, of the British royal family, welcome their second child, Charlotte Elizabeth Diana. Her Royal Highness Princess Charlotte of Cambridge is the fifth great-grandchild of Queen Elizabeth II.

September 09, 2015

Queen Elizabeth II Visits Canada

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Queen Elizabeth II Becomes Longest-Reigning British Monarch

After 63 years and 216 days on the throne, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-reigning monarch in British and Commonwealth history, surpassing Queen Victoria.

November 27, 2017

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Prince Harry announced engagement with Meghan Markle

Prince Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth II and son of Prince Charles, announced his engagement to actress Meghan Markle, best known for her role in the Toronto-shot TV series Suits.

January 08, 2020

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle

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Prince Harry and Meghan to “Step Back” from Royal Duties

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced their plans to transition out of their roles as senior members of the Royal Family. “We now plan to balance our time between the United Kingdom and North America, continuing to honour our duty to The Queen, the Commonwealth, and our patronages,” their statement read. Buckingham Palace responded with a statement explaining that “Discussions with the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are at an early stage,” and that “these are complicated issues that will take time to work through.”