Canada Greets Her King

Victoria Day in Manitoba

JACK PATERSON May 15 1939
Canada Greets Her King

Victoria Day in Manitoba

JACK PATERSON May 15 1939

Victoria Day in Manitoba

JACK PATERSON

THE ROYAL train will reach Winnipeg, Manitoba, at 10.30 a.m.. May 24. As Their Majesties detrain at the Canadian Pacific station, an artillery salute of twenty-one guns will be fired from the grounds of the Legislative Building situated in city centre. Inspection of the Guard of Honor at the station will follow, the guard to be furnished by the Winnipeg Grenadiers, of which regiment His Majesty is Colonel-in-Chief. The Royal party,

with military escort, then will proceed southward on Main Street to the City Hall, where Mayor Queen will present His Majesty with an illuminated address. Along Main Street to Portage Avenue and west on Portage to Memorial Boulevard, the decorated route through Manitoba’s greatest business section will be thronged not only with loyal Manitoba subjects but by thousands of visiting Americans come

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north to welcome British Royalty and to take active part in Winnipeg’s Royal Carnival Week —a succession of sporting events, jamborees, street parades and historical pageants in honor of the Royal visit.

The Royal route will be lined by units of the Permanent and Non-Permanent Active Militia, and veteran organizations, policing arrangements being carried out by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and the Winnipeg City Police, assisted by specially sworn constables numbering 8,000. Leaving Portage Avenue, the Royal party will proceed southward along Memorial Boulevard, through grounds and buildings designed to stand forever in memory of those thousands of Canadian lives claimed by the Great War, thence to the Legislative Building and the reception room of His Honor Lieutenant-Governor Tupper.

In the Legislative Chamber, Premier Bracken, representing the Government of the Province of Manitoba, will read an address to the King, after which Their Majesties will continue to Government House. On the Legislative Building grounds, a high-school choir of 500 voices and a school orchestra of eighty pieces will be heard, also the Minneapolis North High School Band, an organization of 100 American girls and boys who. with an enthusiasm worthy of commendation, raised funds for new uniforms and their journey into Canada solely by their own youthful efforts.

Royal Broadcast

AT ONE p.m. from Government House, His Majesty King George VI will broadcast a message over a radio hookup embracing the British Empire and other countries, a Victoria Day program in which the British Isles and outlying Dominions will take part, the Royal broadcast to be followed by luncheon at Government House. The afternoon itinerary includes a drive through residen-

tial districts and parks, at which latter points 175,000 children, including many thousands brought from rural Manitoba, will be massed to greet their King and Queen, each child later to receive a colored certificate as a souvenir of the Royal visit. Youth will be represented too by Boy Scouts, whose special duty it will be to care for the aged and infirm placed at vantage points along the route.

During the afternoon Their Majesties will visit War veteran patients at Deer Lodge Hospital, and follow along lined and gala streets to Kildonan Park, passing the monument erected in memory of Red River settlers killed at the battle of Seven Oaks in 1816. From the new’ Federal Building near the intersection of Portage and Main, the entourage will cross the Red River to the French city of St. Boniface, where a year ago Westerners celebrated the 200th anniversary of La Verendrye’s arrival. Passing new La Verendrye Park and historic St. Boniface Cathedral, the Royal party will return via Norwood Bridge along South Main to Fort Garry Park.

Here, in a small plot of ground surrounding the only remaining stone gate of historic Upper Fort Garry, the Hudson’s Bay Company of Adventurers of England will pay tribute to a reigning Sovereign as stipulated in the Royal Charter granted May 2, 1670, the ancient agreement calling for the payment of two elk heads and two black beaver skins whenever a King of England or his heirs shall visit the Company’s territory.

Following this final ceremony at 6.30 p.m., Their Majesties will entrain to the distant boom of a twenty-one-gun artillery salute, the Guard of Honor for departure composed of the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve and the Royal Canadian Air Force. From Winnipeg, King George and Queen Elizabeth will continue westward toward Saskatchewan, with brief stops en route at Portage la Prairie and Brandon, Manitoba, to receive acclaim from many thousands of Their Majesties' loyal subjects assembled at those points.