Royal Journey

David BairstowGudrun Parker & Roger Blais
1951 | 51 min
A documentary account of the five-week visit of Princess Elizabeth and the Duke of Edinburgh to Canada and the United States in the fall of 1951. Stops on the royal tour include Québec City, the National War Memorial in Ottawa, the Trenton Air Force Base in Toronto, a performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet in Regina and visits to Calgary and Edmonton. The royal train crosses the Rockies and makes stops in several small towns. The royal couple boards HMCS Crusader in Vancouver and watches Native dances in Thunderbird Park, Victoria. They are then welcomed to the United States by President Truman. The remainder of the journey includes visits to Montreal, the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, a steel mill in Sydney, Nova Scotia and Portugal Cove, Newfoundland.

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Awards and distinctions

  • First Award - Category: Theatrical - Feature Length - Documentary
    Annual Canadian Film Awards, Toronto
  • Best Documentary Film of 1952
    BAFTA / British Academy of Film & Television Awards, London