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Queen visits Toronto film studio

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh visited Canada's largest film and television studios in Toronto, where they watched the Queen's 1953 coronation in 3D.
Queen Elizabeth receives flowers from a young girl and boy while arriving at the Pinewood Studios in Toronto on Monday as Prince Philip looks on. ((Nathan Denette/Canadian Press))

The Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh have visited Canada's largest film and television studios in Toronto, where they watched the Queen's 1953 coronation in 3D.

The royal couple arrived at Pinewood Studios at around 12:50 p.m. ET Monday. They attended a luncheon before touring the facilities.

Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip wear 3D glasses to watch a film at the Pinewood Studios in Toronto. ((John Stillwell/PA Wire/Associated Press) )

The two then donned 3D glasses to watch a film directed by acclaimed Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta and then viewed the Queen's coronation ceremony from 57 years ago.

On Monday night, the royal couple will be feted by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his wife, Laureen, at an official dinner.

Earlier Monday, the royals toured the Waterloo, Ont., headquarters of Research In Motion Inc. — maker of the BlackBerry smartphone — on the penultimate day of their Canadian tour.

They were greeted at the RIM campus at around 11 a.m. by Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, RIM president Mike Lazaridis and scores of cheering admirers.

The Queen wore a special smock over her butter-yellow outfit as she toured the facility, the CBC's John Northcott reported from Waterloo. All visitors have to wear a smock to ensure that contaminants on clothes don't infiltrate the devices manufactured there.

Queen Elizabeth wears an electrostatic smock as she tours Research in Motion in Waterloo, Ont. ((Frank Gunn/Canadian Press))

But she kept on her matching yellow hat with multicoloured ribbon and lavender brim.

After the tour was over, Lazaridis gave the Queen and Prince Philip personalized BlackBerrys — though the Queen already has one and is said to be adept at using it.

The high-tech gift included an image of children from Queen Elizabeth Public School in Kitchener, offering flowers, a traditional greeting for the monarch.

The two then greeted a number of Canadian Forces veterans who served in the Second World War and the Korean War.

Many of those veterans — some in their late 80s, and one approaching 100 — waited for up to 45 minutes in stifling 30-degree heat to get the chance to speak to her, said Northcott.

"This, of course, [is] a tremendous moment for some of these individuals," he said, noting that the Queen last visited Waterloo in 1973.

Auxiliary connection

Kitchener resident Thelma Fries, 90, said she was thrilled the monarch was visiting nearby Waterloo. Fries spent years as a cook in the Auxiliary Territorial Service, a volunteer women's branch of the British army during the Second World War. The Queen was also a member of the ATS, and Fries proudly showed off a photo of the then Princess Elizabeth taken from that time.

"Here she is, learning to be a mechanic, changing a tire," said Fries. "That's the kind of uniform you wore. She had the same uniform as we had."

She said her devotion to the monarchy has stayed strong since the war.

Monday is the final full day of the Queen's tour of Canada, her 22nd since she was crowned.

The Queen, 84, and Prince Philip, 89, also visited Halifax, Ottawa and Winnipeg on the nine-day tour. They head for New York City after leaving Toronto on Tuesday.

With files from The Canadian Press

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