Long-time Toronto Globe and Mail photographer, John H. Boyd, joined the world’s press to cover Princess Elizabeth’s 36-day tour of Canada. Between October 8, 1951 and November 12, 1951, the Royal Party crisscrossed the country by air, train and motorcade.

The Princess dazzled crowds not only in Toronto, but also in such far-flung locations as St. John’s, Newfoundland and Victoria, British Columbia. The Princess visited not only parliaments, city halls and official residences, but also paper mills, grain elevators, and oil refineries.

She also went down to Washington, DC where she met President Truman. The following images are among the 140,000 Globe and Mail photographs, taken between 1922 and 1953, now at the City of Toronto Archives.

 

Globe and Mail staff standing outside of aircraft
Globe & Mail staff, including John Boyd (far right)
and Lotta Dempsey at Malton Airport
October 15, 1951
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1266, Item 144967

 

 

Motorcade in Quebec City
Motorcade in Quebec City
October 9, 1951
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1266, Item 144824
Legislative Chamber in Ottawa
Legislative Chamber in Ottawa
October 10, 1951
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1266, Item 144826

 

Arrival at Noagara Falls
rrival at Niagara Falls
October 14, 1951
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1266, Item 144955
Greetings and gifts in Calgary
Greetings and gifts in Calgary
October 18, 1951
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1266, Item 145014

 

Balcony scene in Regina
Balcony scene in Regina
October 17, 1951
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1266, Item 144992
Raining in Vancouver
Raining in Vancouver
October 20, 1951
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1266, Item 145035