Links to royalty in Golden’s history

Local historian Colleen Palumbo looks at a time when Queen Elizabeth came to town.

This photo was taken in Field BC of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth I on their Royal trip through the valley.

This weekend marked the Silver Anniversary of the reign of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Queen Elizabeth is the head of the Commonwealth in Canada, and holds the same position in Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and the United Kingdom.

Elizabeth is only the second monarch to reach this Anniversary, the last being Queen Victoria and I think it is fairly accurate to say that there is no one alive today that will see this happen again.

Golden has been fortunate to have several Royal visits over the years, the following article came from the Golden Star, July 23, 1959, when Queen Elizabeth and Prince Phillip stopped in Golden.


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A crowd of approximately 1,000 persons, many of whom came from southern communities, gathered at the CPR Station at Golden on Friday, July 10th, to welcome Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth, and His Highness Prince Philip.

Justice Minister E.D. Fulton, who accompanied the Royal couple, presented Mr. Geo. E. Marrs, chairman of the Village Council, and Mrs. Marrs. Mr. Marrs then presented the mayors and council chairman from the communities to the south and the Royal couple signed the village guest book.

(The guest book is now in the Golden Museum).

Following the presentation of a bouquet to the Queen by Miss Gayle Foyston, Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip walked the length of the platform to speak briefly to the two troops of Wolf Cubs who formed a guard of honor.

The couple paused briefly to chat with several persons and everyone present was afforded an excellent view of Her Majesty.

Upon boarding the train for the resumption of their trip the Queen and her Consort stood on the rear platform and waved to the crowd as the train pulled away.