Friday, May 15, 2009

George and Elizabeth enter Canadian waters

May 15, 1939

King George VI and Queen Elizabeth "heard the first cheers of their Canadian subjects" as the Empress of Australia arrived in Canada, two days late, according to the New York Times. The King, who was not wearing a hat, and was dressed in civilian clothes, and Queen Elizabeth stood on the deck, waving to the crowds below. They will disembark tomorrow and begin their tour of Canada and the United States.
"Thick fog and floating ice" were responsible for keeping the ship nearly motionless for several days in the Atlantic, and the welcoming reception had to be postponed twice.
The arrival was broadcast live on radio in Canada, from coast to coast.

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