Documentary which covers the Royal Tour of Canada in 1951.
Moving shot from on board a train travelling beside a lake in the Rockies. They are headed for British Colombia. Crowds of well-wishers line the railway route. Vancouver. The Royals are welcomed by crowds. Panning shot of the huge crowd at Thunderbird Park, Victoria on Vancouver Island. Various shots of the crowd and the Royals. Children jump up and down excitedly and some are presented to the Princess.
01:00:56 The royal couple take a trip on the destroyer "Crusader" - shots of them on board ship. The Royals look happy, narrator states: "Throughout the tour people remarked on the unobtrusive but firm support the Duke gave to the Princess. They made a charming pair and people began to think of them as just a happy couple on holiday." Gun salute.
01:01:38 At Yates the royal couple climbed into the engine driver's cab of the royal train. "Then, with the Duke acting as her fireman, Princess Elizabeth took over the controls and drove the 315 ton loco for 14 miles." Various shots of Royals in the engine driver's cab and of the passing landscape.
01:02:12 Train arrives in Edmonton. Various shots of children waving flags, elderly fans there to greet the Royals. The Princess (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh talk to the crowds. Scottish marching band. Nice shot of children in traditional Scottish dress smiling and waving.
01:02:37 The Royals arrive in Saskatoon in the heart of the wheat belt. They are welcomed with flowers and banners. Crowds line the route.
01:03:04 North Bay. The Royals meet the Dionne quintuplets. The quins are all lined up and the Princess shakes hands with each girl.
01:03:24 Montreal - the biggest reception of the tour. The royals are driven around a stadium full of well-wishers. Children sing on the soundtrack and flags are waved.
01:03:43 Queen Mary Veterans Hospital - this visit is at the Princess' special request. Various shots of her visit. She is shown around the hospital wards.
01:04:19 Night shots of Royals waving from the balcony of Hotel Windsor to the crowds.
01:04:40 Hockey game. Various shots of royals in the stands and of the ice hockey match.
01:04:57 Visit to President Harry Truman in Washington DC, United States of America (USA). Shots of the plane taking off and arriving in Washington. Guard of honour waits for the royals' arrival. Royal cavalcade through the streets.
01:05:29 Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) holds a press conference for the local American newspaper men. The Princess makes a speech to the assembled reporters. Female narrator states: "Instead of the shy, simply dressed girl they'd expected, here was a confident, elegant young woman." The Princess speaks to various journalists, as does Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh - he has a joke with two female reporters who are conferring with each other and don't notice that he is trying to read what they are writing.
01:06:38 Nice shots of the President, Mrs Truman and their daughter Margaret at the Canadian Embassy. The Princess looks very elegant. Narrator states: "Canadians all over the world were proud of their Princess."
01:07:09 Over shots of Princess Elizabeth (later Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh leaving by plane the narrator states that "In two days the royal couple conquered America and made her more closely our friend."
01:07:20 Moving shot from the royal train as it traverses the Maritime Provinces on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. The train passes through many villages and hamlets. C/U of railway station signs for St Hyacinthe, Fredericton, Truro, Amherst, travelling shots of landscapes, crowds on railway platforms, the royals on the back of the train waving.
01:08:19 The royals depart from Newfoundland. Various shots of the royal boat leaving, people waving etc. "the country says Bon Voyage and come again."
01:08:34 "Across Canada with Princess Elizabeth was produced by Pathe Documentary Unit. Edited by Maurice Harley and A. Milner-Gardner.
Note: although reel 1 is suffering badly from vinegar syndrome, reel 2 seems to be OK at the moment (4/9/98) Sending both reels for transfer to Beta.
Note: printed commentary and shot list exist for this film in "Documentary" files documentation.
Note: see also "Princess Elizabeth's Tour of Canada" - shorter, mute version of this film.
N.B. There are 3 documentaries about the 1951 visit to Canada - Across Canada With Princess Elizabeth and a titled and sound version of Princess Elizabeth's Tour of Canada.