Royal Journey

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Royal Journey
Directed byDavid Bairstow
Gudrun Parker
Roger Blais
Produced byTom Daly
Written byLeslie McFarlane
StarringQueen Elizabeth II
Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Narrated byElwood Glover
Music byLouis Applebaum
CinematographyOsmond Borradaile
Grant McLean
Edited byRonald Dick
Victor Jobin
Betty Brunke
Release date
  • December 21, 1951 (1951-12-21) (Ottawa)
Running time
54 mins.

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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  1. ^ Chronology of Motion Picture Films: 1940–1959, Kodak.
  2. ^ a b c d Crowther, Bosley (February 29, 1952). "THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; Documentary of 'Royal Journey' to Canada and United States Last Fall at the Embassy Guild". The New York Times. Retrieved 9 March 2010.
  3. ^ a b c "Royal Journey". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 9 March 2010.

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