The queen and Prince Philip arrive in Winnipeg for a twenty-four hour visit to the Manitoba capital following a whistle stop tour across the prairies from Edmonton.
The queen and Prince Philip arrive in Winnipeg for a twenty-four hour visit to the Manitoba capital following a whistle stop tour across the prairies from Edmonton. The Queen is accompanied by the Premier of Manitoba, Mr. Duff Roblin, who introduces city officials and their wives. Among the highlights of the queen's visit to Winnipeg: performances by the city's ethnic groups of the lawns in front of the provincial legislative building, a state banquet at the official residence of the lieutenant governor of the province, and attendance at a performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet.
At the city's Assiniboine Park, however, a ten minute ceremony to observe a tribute that goes back three hundred years but is performed on this occasion for only the second time. Some eight thousand people are present for the occasion.
The governor of the Hudson's Bay Company, William Keswick, presents to the queen two black beaver skins and two elk heads in compliance with the original charter granted to the Company of Adventurers of England Trading into Hudson's Bay by King Charles the Second in sixteen-seventy The charter requires that the elk heads and beaver skins to paid to the king's heirs and successors whenever they should happen, in the works of the charter, "to enter the countries, territories and regions" of Ruperts Land, as the area was then called. The tribute was last paid in nineteen-thirty-nine on the occasion of the visit of the queen's father, king George the Sixth to winnipeg