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Winnipeg Royal Tour (King George VI and his royal consort, Queen Elizabeth), 1939

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Published on May 20, 2014

Creator: Storch, R.A.

Subject: Visits of state; School children; George VI, King of Great Britain, 1895-1952; Elizabeth, Queen, consort of George VI, King of Great Britain, 1900-2002

Coverage Temporal: May 24, 1939

Language: English

Description: This film depicts students, many of whom are likely from Cecil Rhodes School where filmmaker R.A. Storch taught, lining a street in preparation for the arrival of the motorcade of King George VI and his royal consort, Queen Elizabeth during their Royal Tour stop in Winnipeg on May 24, 1939. Many of the children are dressed in clothing with school insignias and waving British flags. The King and Queen wave to the crowd as they pass by the camera. The location for the bulk of the film appears to be Sherbrook Avenue as the Tremont block (694 Sherbrook) and Uneeda Transfer (671 Sherbrook) are visible in the background. The likely time of day is around 4:30 PM as the tour itinerary stated the motorcade was to proceed down Sherbrook at 4:23 PM. The scene then shifts to the motorcade's procession down Main Street, likely near the current intersection with the Disraeli Freeway as evidenced by the presence of 184 Alexander ("Bible House") in the background. The film then briefly shifts to a depiction of the King and Queen's arrival at Upper Fort Garry for the "Rent Ceremony" followed by a brief shot of Union Station and a train holding up traffic. The train is likely carrying the King and Queen as they exit Winnipeg as people have exited their vehicles to watch as it goes by. The film concludes with imagery of R.A. Storch and his family outside of his family home at 7 Leslie Avenue in West Elmwood. [Thanks to Wayne Chan (email dated May 21, 2014) for the detailed information on the location and approximate time of the film.]

Type: 16 mm film

Format: QuickTime Movie

Source: University of Manitoba Archives & Special Collections - R.A. Storch fonds (PC 334, A13-23)

Coverage Spatial: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Rights: Any reproductions of this material may be restricted by copyright regulations. Please consult Archives staff for further information.

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