Official royal visits were at the invitation of federal government officials or at the initiation of a royal family member. The visits were surrounded by pomp and ceremony and received the utmost media attention. Provincial or city officials have invited members of the royal family to attend or participate in events relating to their communities. These visits were often funded locally and without the assistance of the federal government.

The printing of souvenir programmes, booklets, invitations and menus and the production of items such as commemorative mugs, plates and other memorabilia helped celebrate and advertise royal visits.

Reception of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales by the Law Society of Upper Canada at Osgoode Hall. Saturday evening 8th September 1860.
Admission Ticket.
1860 Reception

Dance In Honour of His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales by The General Officer Commanding Military District Number Two, Toronto. 26th August, 1919.
Dance programme booklet.
1919 Prince of Wales dance card

On the occasion of the visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Princess Elizabeth and The Duke of Edinburgh. Dinner given by the Lieutenant-Governor of the Province of Ontario and Mrs. Ray Lawson, Saturday October 13th, 1951, Royal York Hotel, Toronto.
Pamphlet, programme and menu.
1951 Dinner menu

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Source: Special Collections, Toronto Public Library.