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As the year advanced, defence preparations came more and
more to the fore; but the need to strengthen friendships was not neglected,
so in May and June, the King and Queen responded to long-standing invitations
and for seven weeks carried out a strenuous tour of North America, all
across Canada and then into the United States. The tour was a great success.
In both official and informal meetings the Royal travellers did much to
make Canadian loyalties firmer and rebuild Anglo-American understanding
at a time when there had been an isolationist element in the U.S. trying
to pretend that the evils of Hitler and Mussolini were of no concern to
(Appendix List No. 128). It concentrates
on their arrival at Southampton in the ‘Empress of Britain’
and their return to London and the drive to Buckingham Palace; their welcome
by a crowd of 50,000 people when they appeared on the Palace balcony,
and the royal procession to Guildhall on June 23rd. A double coloured
centre fold shows a painting of Queen Elizabeth.