Canadians have an intrinsic interest in the daily lives and loves of royal family members. Interest and excitement peaks at events such as coronations, weddings, deaths and scandals. Even though these events happen overseas, Canadians, including Torontonians, organize ceremonies that show long standing loyalty and respect.

Edward VII, Memorial Service, Parliament Buildings, Toronto, 20 May 1910.
2006-7-1 to 2006-7-3

Although there are many royal families from all parts of the world, most visits to Toronto have been by members of the British royal family. The most recent visit from British royalty was that of Charles, the Prince of Wales, and Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, in November 2009. The most recent non-British royal visit was that of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko of Japan, in July 2009, during which Toronto was one of several Canadian stops.

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Source: Special Collections, Toronto Public Library.