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Royal Tour 2016: Past royal visits to BC and Yukon

On their last visit to B.C., Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip wave good-bye to the crowd at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. in 2002. .
On their last visit to B.C., Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip wave good-bye to the crowd at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C. in 2002. . CP PHOTO/Richard Lam

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Prince William and Catherine, will tour British Columbia starting Sept. 24, making them the first members of the Royal Family to visit the province since 2014.

The royals have frequented British Columbia many times in the past, with the earliest visit dating back to 1882, when the Marquess of Lorne came to B.C. as Governor-General of Canada with his wife, Princess Louise, daughter of Queen Victoria.

Their visit was followed by the 1901 tour of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, later King George V and Queen Mary. The couple toured Canada coast-to-coast as part of an Empire-wide voyage.

Crowds assembled outside courthouse at Hastings and Cambie Streets for the reception of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York in 1901.
Crowds assembled outside courthouse at Hastings and Cambie Streets for the reception of the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York in 1901. City of Vancouver archives
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York on Hastings Street near Richards Street in 1901.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York on Hastings Street near Richards Street in 1901. City of Vancouver archives
Exterior of Hudson's Bay store northeast corner of Granville and Georgia Streets decorated for the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York in 1901.
Exterior of Hudson's Bay store northeast corner of Granville and Georgia Streets decorated for the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York in 1901. City of Vancouver archives
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York on dock heading for C.P.R. station in 1901.
The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York on dock heading for C.P.R. station in 1901. City of Vancouver archives
The photograph shows C.P.R. locomotive # 732 and train that carried the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York in 1901.
The photograph shows C.P.R. locomotive # 732 and train that carried the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York in 1901. City of Vancouver archives

In 1939, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth came to B.C. on their six-week coast-to-coast tour of Canada. It was the first time a reigning monarch had visited Canada.

WATCH: Footage of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on their official royal visit to British Columbia in 1939. 

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit Vancouver in 1939
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth visit Vancouver in 1939

The royal couple took an automobile tour through the city, making stops at Vancouver City Hall, Hastings Park and along Marine Drive.

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King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrive in Vancouver.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth arrive in Vancouver. City of Vancouver archives
Queen Elizabeth during the  1939 visit to B.C.
Queen Elizabeth during the 1939 visit to B.C. City of Vancouver archives
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in a car in Vancouver.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in a car in Vancouver. City of Vancouver archives
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in a car in Vancouver.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in a car in Vancouver. City of Vancouver archives
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on the steps of the Legislature Building in Victoria, B.C.
King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on the steps of the Legislature Building in Victoria, B.C. City of Vancouver archives

The new generation of royals did not visit B.C. until 1951 when Princess Elizabeth–before she became Queen–and the Duke of Edinburgh paid a visit to Vancouver and Victoria on their coast-to-coast tour of Canada. Princess Elizabeth planted an oak sapling in Queen Elizabeth Park as part of the visit. The park was dedicated by Elizabeth’s parents, King George VI and Queen Elizabeth on their 1939 tour. 

Princess Elizabeth plants an oak sapling in Queen Elizabeth Park in 1951.
Princess Elizabeth plants an oak sapling in Queen Elizabeth Park in 1951. City of Vancouver archives
Princess Elizabeth signs the visitors book in the mayor's office.
Princess Elizabeth signs the visitors book in the mayor's office. City of Vancouver archives
Princess Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh board H.M.C.S. "Crusader" in Vancouver, B.C.
Princess Elizabeth and Duke of Edinburgh board H.M.C.S. "Crusader" in Vancouver, B.C. City of Vancouver archives

Princess Margaret, the Queen’s sister, visited a number of B.C. communities, including Prince George, Williams Lake and Vernon in 1958. While in Vancouver, she received an honorary Doctorate of Laws degree from the University of British Columbia.

Princess Margaret after receiving an honorary degree from UBC in July of 1958.
Princess Margaret after receiving an honorary degree from UBC in July of 1958. City of Vancouver archives

In 1959, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh took a six-week country-wide tour, making a stop in B.C. and Yukon, as well. It was the Queen’s first major tour as the reigning monarch.  

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READ MORE: Busy schedule as details of Duke and Duchess of Cambridge B.C. royal visit revealed

Twelve years later, in 1971, Queen Elizabeth II, Prince Philip and their daughter, Princess Anne, paid a visit to Victoria, Vancouver, Tofino, Kelowna, VernonPenticton,Williams Lake and Comox to celebrate the centenary of B.C.’s entry into Confederation. 

The Royal Family relax as they sail to Victoria, B.C., May 3, 1971 accompanied out of Vancouver harbour by numerous small craft.
The Royal Family relax as they sail to Victoria, B.C., May 3, 1971 accompanied out of Vancouver harbour by numerous small craft. CP PHOTO/Bill Croke

In a separate visit in 1982, Princess Anne visited Haynes Junction, Kluane Park and Whitehorse in Yukon.

In 1983, Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh visited B.C. again, going to Victoria, Vancouver, Nanaimo, Vernon, Kamloops and New Westminster to mark the end of the Queen’s American West Coast Tour. While in Vancouver, she officially launched the construction of the Expo 86 site, a landmark event in the province’s history. 

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Senator Jack Austin explains a model of EXPO 86 to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in Vancouver, B.C., March 9, 1983. The Queen earlier officially started the construction of the site.
Senator Jack Austin explains a model of EXPO 86 to Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip in Vancouver, B.C., March 9, 1983. The Queen earlier officially started the construction of the site. CP PHOTO/Nick Didlick
Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (C) and Prince Philip walk along the pier after arriving in Vancouver, B.C., march 9, 1983 aboard the Royal yacht Britannia from Victoria.
Queen Elizabeth II, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau (C) and Prince Philip walk along the pier after arriving in Vancouver, B.C., march 9, 1983 aboard the Royal yacht Britannia from Victoria. CP PHOTO/Nick Didlick
Queen Elizabeth II accepts flowers from people who lined the walkway at City Hall in Vancouver, B.C., March 9, 1983. Mayor Michael Harcourt (L) escorted the Queen on the walk.
Queen Elizabeth II accepts flowers from people who lined the walkway at City Hall in Vancouver, B.C., March 9, 1983. Mayor Michael Harcourt (L) escorted the Queen on the walk. CP PHOTO/Gerry Kahrmann

In a famous 1986 visit, Prince Charles and Princess Diana came to B.C. to officially open Expo 86. 

WATCH: A look back at Prince Charles and Diana’s visit to Vancouver. 

Look back at the Royal visit to Expo 86 in Vancouver
Look back at the Royal visit to Expo 86 in Vancouver

The couple also visited Victoria, Prince George, Kamloops, Nanaimo and several towns in Yukon. 

Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, were in Kelowna, B.C., May 3, 1986 for a brief visit as part of their eight-day stay in Canada.
Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, were in Kelowna, B.C., May 3, 1986 for a brief visit as part of their eight-day stay in Canada. (CP PHOTO/Ron Poling)
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his wife Mila mingle with Prince Charles and his wife Diana, Princess of Wales, after the the Mulroneys greeted the royal couple after they arrived aboard the M.V. Queen of the North in Vancouver, B.C., May 1, 1986.
Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his wife Mila mingle with Prince Charles and his wife Diana, Princess of Wales, after the the Mulroneys greeted the royal couple after they arrived aboard the M.V. Queen of the North in Vancouver, B.C., May 1, 1986. The Canadian Press
Diana, Princess of Wales, and Mila Mulroney walk through the grounds at Expo '86 in Vancouver, B.C., during opening ceremonies May 2, 1986.
Diana, Princess of Wales, and Mila Mulroney walk through the grounds at Expo '86 in Vancouver, B.C., during opening ceremonies May 2, 1986. The Canadian Press
Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, are escorted to the door way of Christ Church Cathedral by Archbishop Douglas Hambidge following Sunday services in Vancouver, B.C., May 4, 1986.
Prince Charles and Diana, Princess of Wales, are escorted to the door way of Christ Church Cathedral by Archbishop Douglas Hambidge following Sunday services in Vancouver, B.C., May 4, 1986. The Canadian Press
Diana, Princess of Wales and Mila Mulroney, wife of the Prime Minister, smile for the cameras during a photo session before a state dinner in Vancouver, B.C., May 2, 1986.
Diana, Princess of Wales and Mila Mulroney, wife of the Prime Minister, smile for the cameras during a photo session before a state dinner in Vancouver, B.C., May 2, 1986. The Canadian Press

In 1987, the Queen and Prince Philip enjoyed a private retreat in Qualicum Beach followed by visits to Vancouver, Victoria and Esquimalt to participate in the opening sessions of the Heads of Government Meeting.

READ MORE: Details of Royal Couple’s visit to B.C. revealed

In 1994, the Queen and Prince Philip visited B.C. to open the Commonwealth Games in Victoria. The Queen also took a private retreat at Twin Island while Prince Philip visited Prince Rupert and Khutzeymateen Valley. 

Canadian Olympic Gold medallist Myriam Bedard hands the Queen’s Baton over to Queen Elizabeth II during Commonwealth Games opening ceremonies in Victoria, B.C., Aug. 18, 1994.
Canadian Olympic Gold medallist Myriam Bedard hands the Queen’s Baton over to Queen Elizabeth II during Commonwealth Games opening ceremonies in Victoria, B.C., Aug. 18, 1994. CP PHOTO/Andrew Vaughan

In 1998, Prince William, Harry and Charles visited B.C. for a private holiday in Whistler and some engagements in Vancouver and Burnaby. 

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Prince William (Left), Prince Charles (Centre) and Prince Harry (Right) are all smiles as they pause for a photo-op on the slopes of Whistler Mountain, B.C. in 1998.
Prince William (Left), Prince Charles (Centre) and Prince Harry (Right) are all smiles as they pause for a photo-op on the slopes of Whistler Mountain, B.C. in 1998. The Canadian Press (Stf-Frank Gunn)
Young girls reach for the hand of Prince William as he arrives at a school in Burnaby, B.C. in 1998.
Young girls reach for the hand of Prince William as he arrives at a school in Burnaby, B.C. in 1998. The Canadian Press (Stf-Frank Gunn)
Prince Harry shakes hands with well wishers as he arrives at a school in Burnaby, B.C. in 1998
Prince Harry shakes hands with well wishers as he arrives at a school in Burnaby, B.C. in 1998 The Canadian Press (Stf-Frank Gunn)

WATCH: Just months after the death of their mother Princess Diana, Prince William and Harry travelled with their father, Prince Charles, to British Columbia. 

Prince William, Harry and Charles visit B.C. in 1998
Prince William, Harry and Charles visit B.C. in 1998

Global BC’s archived footage of their visit shows the amount of attention 15-year-old Prince William received from his young female fans in B.C., part of the so-called “Wills mania” that swept the world in the late 1990s. It was especially evident on his visit to Burnaby South Secondary School, where hundreds of teenage girls screamed his name trying to catch his attention.

In a separate visit in 2001, Prince Charles paid a visit to Whitehorse and Mayo, Yukon.

Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, stops to chat with children who built a snowman for him, complete with a crown during a visit to Mayo, Yukon, Sunday, April 29, 2001.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales, stops to chat with children who built a snowman for him, complete with a crown during a visit to Mayo, Yukon, Sunday, April 29, 2001. CP PHOTO/Chuck Stoody

Year 2002 marked the Golden Jubilee Tour and saw the Queen’s last visit to British Columbia, when she made stops in Victoria and Vancouver. The Queen even got to drop the ceremonial puck at a hockey game between the San Jose Sharks and the Vancouver Canucks. 

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Queen Elizabeth II, escorted by Wayne Gretzky, walks past the Vancouver Canucks bench on her way to the ceremonial dropping of the puck in a pre-season NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at General Motors Place in Vancouver, B.C. on Sunday October 6, 2002.
Queen Elizabeth II, escorted by Wayne Gretzky, walks past the Vancouver Canucks bench on her way to the ceremonial dropping of the puck in a pre-season NHL game against the San Jose Sharks at General Motors Place in Vancouver, B.C. on Sunday October 6, 2002. CP PHOTO/Richard Lam
Wayne Gretzky escorts Queen Elizabeth II to centre ice for a ceremonial face-off at GM Place in Vancouver Sunday Oct. 6, 2002 during a pre-season NHL game between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks.
Wayne Gretzky escorts Queen Elizabeth II to centre ice for a ceremonial face-off at GM Place in Vancouver Sunday Oct. 6, 2002 during a pre-season NHL game between the Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks. CP PHOTO/Chuck Stoody
Queen Elizabeth II asks a question of Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund after he presented her with the puck following a ceremonial face off at GM Place prior to a pre-season NHL game against the San Jose Sharks in Vancouver Sunday Oct. 6, 2002.
Queen Elizabeth II asks a question of Vancouver Canucks captain Markus Naslund after he presented her with the puck following a ceremonial face off at GM Place prior to a pre-season NHL game against the San Jose Sharks in Vancouver Sunday Oct. 6, 2002. CP PHOTO/Chuck Stoody
Queen Elizabeth II is followed by Wayne Gretzky past a row of amateur hockey players who provide the traditional greeting by banging their sticks on the ice during a ceremony at GM Place in Vancouver, BC Sunday Oct. 6, 2002.
Queen Elizabeth II is followed by Wayne Gretzky past a row of amateur hockey players who provide the traditional greeting by banging their sticks on the ice during a ceremony at GM Place in Vancouver, BC Sunday Oct. 6, 2002. CP PHOTO/Chuck Stoody

In 2009, Prince Charles and Camilla travelled to B.C. on their first visit to Canada as a couple. 

Prince Charles, left, salutes as he stands with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt near Victoria, B.C., on November 9, 2009.
Prince Charles, left, salutes as he stands with his wife Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, during a visit to Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt near Victoria, B.C., on November 9, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Prince Charles, centre, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are escorted by Rt. Rev. James Cowan into church services at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, B.C., on November 8, 2009.
Prince Charles, centre, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are escorted by Rt. Rev. James Cowan into church services at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, B.C., on November 8, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Prince Charles, centre, is wrapped in an aboriginal blanket by B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell's wife, Nancy Campbell, back, and Gwendolyn Point, not pictured, wife of British Columbia Lt-Gov. Steve Point, during a dinner hosted by the Lieutenant Governor at Government House in Victoria, B.C., on November 7, 2009.
Prince Charles, centre, is wrapped in an aboriginal blanket by B.C. Premier Gordon Campbell's wife, Nancy Campbell, back, and Gwendolyn Point, not pictured, wife of British Columbia Lt-Gov. Steve Point, during a dinner hosted by the Lieutenant Governor at Government House in Victoria, B.C., on November 7, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Prince Charles, left, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are greeted by Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games mascots, clockwise from bottom, Miga, Sumi and Quatchi during a tour of the athletes' village for 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., on November 7, 2009.
Prince Charles, left, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, are greeted by Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympic Games mascots, clockwise from bottom, Miga, Sumi and Quatchi during a tour of the athletes' village for 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, B.C., on November 7, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

The last royal visit to B.C. came in 2014 when the Earl and Countess of Wessex, Prince Edward and Sophie, visited Vancouver, Victoria and Kelowna.

Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and his wife Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex, pose for a photo on the TCT Coho River Trail in North Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014.
Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex, and his wife Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex, pose for a photo on the TCT Coho River Trail in North Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

For more on the Global News royal visit coverage, go here.