King Charles III in Canada: Photos from the 1970s
King Charles III was crowned on May 6, 2023 at the age of 74. As a constitutional monarchy, Canada recognized this historic date — the first coronation in 70 years for Commonwealth nations. In an earlier blog post, we highlighted six rarities from our archives that document past coronation celebrations in Canada.
In this post, we'll look back at photographs of Charles III's tours to Canada in the 1970s. At the time, he was a prince in his 20s and early 30s. The Prince of Wales visited Canada in 1970, 1975, 1976, 1977 and 1979. This decade's trips predate Charles's popular visits to Canada alongside Princess Diana. All of the photos below are part of the Toronto Star Photograph Archive and are available on Digital Archive Ontario.
Prince Charles and his sister Princess Anne accompanied their parents Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip to North America in 1970. Their father was still recuperating from an arm injury received while playing polo.
In 1976, Prince Charles went back to Canada with brothers Princes Andrew and Edward, and his mother Queen Elizabeth II. Charles, now 28, was waiting for another Royal Navy assignment. According to biographer Sally Bedell Smith, this trip was a respite for the prince. In the Northwest Territories, he enjoyed snowmobiling, riding on a dogsled and eating raw seal meat. He even dove in scuba gear under the ice in Resolute Bay.
At age 31, Prince Charles visited Canada for the fifth time. This was the first time visiting without his parents. During the week-long tour, the prince visited Manitoba, British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and Ontario.
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