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City Archives digitizes colour film of 1939 royal visit

For immediate release: May 18, 2018 - 7:00am

As the world prepares to watch a new generation of the Royal Family celebrate marriage vows of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle this Saturday, May 19, we have an opportunity to look back in time to share a Saskatoon story with a connection to royalty.

“We recently digitized a – colour – film of the 1939 royal visit to Saskatoon,” says City Archivist Jeff O’Brien.  “We have this one-of-a-kind treasure in the archives; with the help of social media, so many people can now experience this part of our community’s history from nearly 80 years ago.”

The film was originally produced by John Sproule Mills.  J.S. Mills was a former principal of King Edward School, instructor at Saskatoon Normal School (teacher’s college), city councillor and mayor.  The film capturing the visit of Her Majesty’s parents, King George V and Queen Elizabeth, was acquired by the City of Saskatoon Archives in 2017.

O’Brien narrates the digitized version of Mills’ film and helps transport us back to the first ever visit to Canada by a reigning King and Queen. See the digitized film on our YouTube channel