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In March of 1939 the Germans occupied most of the remaining areas of Czechoslovakia and the policy of appeasement lie in ruins. Europe now knew that Hitler would not be satisfied with what he had already swallowed up and that war was likely in the near future. Only a few years before when Mackenzie King had attend the Imperial Conference in London, the wheels had been set in motion for a Royal visit to Canada by King George the VI and the Queen. A monarch had never visited Canada before and it was felt that this tour might strengthen already strong bonds between Canada and England.

By the time the tour started , preparations were being made to resist Hitler's next targeted victim, Poland. King George and Queen Elizabeth arrived in Quebec City on May 17, 1939 on the Canadian pacific vessel the RMS Empress of Australia. They quickly won over r the French Canadian population in Quebec with their fluent French and grace and charm.

They then travelled to Ottawa where Queen Elizabeth laid the cornerstone for the new Supreme Court of Canada building. King George participated in the dedication of the War Memorial across form the Parliament Buildings and then the Queen completely won over the large crowd of war veterans by walking among them and conversing. They crossed the street to the Parliament buildings and the King gave Royal assent to several bills in his position of official Head of state or Canada.

One of the main themes of the Royal visit was the role that the George and Elizabeth were to play as the King and Queen of Canada which the Act of Westminster in 1931 had established. This was to demonstrate the independence of Canada from Great Britain as it's own kingdom. The couple then continued their tour across the country and won over the crowds wherever they went. The tour became the highlight of the decade and when they left for the United States on June 7th to visit until the 10th, it was as the King and Queen of Canada that they officially made their visit.

The effects of the visit resounded throughout the fabric of Canadian society and as was clouds loomed it served to not only pull the members of the Commonwealth together in preparation for a common cause and a common front, but it was also intended to persuade the United States that their interests also lie with the Greta English speaking nations and the free democracies of Europe against the Axis of fascism aggressively expanding in Europe. The tour was a great success on all fronts.




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