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Queen Elizabeth at 'Indian Days'

On Feb. 6, 1952, Elizabeth Alexandra Mary Windsor was proclaimed Queen of Canada. Her spectacular coronation in Westminster Abbey the following year was heard by millions on the radio and was the first ever to be televised. When she visited Canada in 1951, 1957, 1959 and 1964, Elizabeth left an indelible mark on Canadians coast to coast.

The year 1959 is an important one for the Royal Family in Canada. Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip embark on a 45-day tour of the country, stopping in every province and territory.
For six weeks, the royal couple tour Canada from Gander, Nfld. to Nanaimo, B.C., where they take part in "Indian Days," a celebration of native culture.
• CBC crews used new camera equipment to capture the Queen's visit. They made their own telephoto lenses to zoom in on Elizabeth, and new portable cameras they called "creepie-peepies" (television's answer to radio's "walkie-talkie").

• Queen Elizabeth was pregnant with Prince Andrew during her 1959 visit to Canada. Andrew was born Feb. 19, 1960. Elizabeth was the first reigning monarch in 100 years to give birth.

• The name Nanaimo comes from the Coast Salish Natives, known as Snenymo. It is now the second largest city on Vancouver Island (after Victoria).

Medium: Television
Program: CBC Television News Special
Broadcast Date: June 16, 1959
Duration: 4:29

Last updated: March 28, 2012

Page consulted on December 6, 2013

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