Archives Release Photos of 60 Years of Royal Visits

first_imgNova Scotians will now be able to revisit the five Royal Tours of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II to Nova Scotia through a new virtual exhibit. To celebrate the Diamond Jubilee, the Nova Scotia Archives has digitized photos, artifacts, and documents from all five tours, beginning with the first visit of Princess Elizabeth and Prince Philip in November 1951. One hundred and eight images detail their time spent in Nova Scotia in sequence, highlighting trips in 1951, 1959, 1976, 1994, and the most recent visit in 2010. “These images showcase our province’s longstanding admiration and affection for Her Majesty,” said Leonard Preyra, Minister of Communities, Culture and Heritage. “We’re pleased to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee by displaying these important reminders from our documentary heritage.” Items in the virtual exhibit include photographs and menus from state dinners, visits to communities and historic sites, programs from special events, and arrivals and departures of the Royal Couple by airplane, train, and car. Early photos are presented in black and white, with later ones appearing in colour. Collectively, they provide behind the scenes views of the Royal Couple touring Halifax, Wolfville, Amherst, Louisbourg, Annapolis Royal, and other provincial locations. “Members of the Royal Family have been visiting Nova Scotia for over two centuries,” said Lois Yorke, provincial archivist. “We are pleased now to share with Nova Scotians everywhere these visual memories of Royal Tours from the last six decades.” Items in the virtual exhibit are searchable by keyword and date. Images and records are presented using an online magnifying tool to allow visitors to examine items in detail. The Diamond Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II: The Queen Tours Nova Scotia, 1951-2010 is available to explore at read more