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Timmins history: How close Queen Elizabeth II got to visiting our mining camp

The late Queen Elizabeth never visited Timmins.  The closest she and Prince Philip ever got was Kapuskasing in October, 1951, when she still a princess.  They were on a railroad tour across Canada and spent a night in the Kapuskasing Inn.

Timmins Museum director-curator Karen Bachmann calls the Tudor style inn the jewel of Northern Ontario hotels.

Prince Philip toured the Spruce Falls paper mill.

“They also invited a number of the mayors and reeves from the region for a dinner at the Inn,” says Bachmann. “So the mayor of Timmins at the time was Philip Fay and his wife Amelia, they both went and enjoyed the festivities.”

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Bachmann recounts a story told by a chambermaid at the Inn.  The maid went up to floor of the hotel where the Royal Couple was staying.

“And she said I noticed that Prince Philip was chasing Princess Elizabeth and she was laughing and they were both giggling and she thought ‘I’ll pretend I didn’t see that’, but you know, they were a young couple in love and that’s what young couples in love do.”

The visit to Kap was part of a train tour of Canada, introducing Canadians to their future Queen.

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