Royal Journey

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Royal Journey
Directed by David Bairstow
Gudrun Parker
Roger Blais
Produced by Tom Daly
Written by Leslie McFarlane
Starring Queen Elizabeth II
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Narrated by Elwood Glover
Music by Louis Applebaum
Cinematography Osmond H. Borradaile
Grant McLean
Edited by Ronald Dick
Victor Jobin
Betty Brunke
Release date
  • December 21, 1951 (1951-12-21) (Ottawa)
Running time
54 min.
Country Canada
Language English

Royal Journey is a National Film Board of Canada documentary film chronicling a five-week Royal visit by the then-Princess Elizabeth and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, to Canada and the United States in the fall of 1951. Released in December 1951, Royal Journey is also notable for being the first commercial feature film in Eastmancolor.[1][2]

Royal Journey features sequences from Quebec City, the National War Memorial in Ottawa, CFB Trenton and a performance of the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, as well as sequences in Toronto, Regina, Calgary and Edmonton.[2][3]

Royal Journey also shows the royal couple crossing the Rocky Mountains by rail and making stops in several small towns. In Vancouver, they board HMCS Crusader in Vancouver and attend native dances in Thunderbird Park. The action then briefly shifts to the U.S., where they are welcomed by President Harry S. Truman. The remainder of the journey includes visits to Montreal, the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, Halifax, Charlottetown, a steel mill in Sydney, Nova Scotia and finally Portugal Cove, Newfoundland.[2][3]

Royal Journey was directed by David Bairstow, Gudrun Parker and Roger Blais and produced by Tom Daly for the NFB.[2] It received a Canadian Film Award for best theatrical feature-length documentary and was named best documentary film of 1952 at the British Academy Film Awards.[3]

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