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Accompanied by Prince Philip, Queen Elizabeth II arrived on the Royal Yacht Britannia on July 3, 1967. Her first stop was the Great Britain pavilion. She was then invited to a state lunch at La Toundra restaurant in the Canada pavilion, where she told Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson that she would like to visit Expo 67 by minirail. Security officials were initially going to completely restrict access to the site during the royal visit, but in the end, only a part of Île Notre-Dame, where the Great Britain and Canada pavilions were located, was off limits to visitors. Admirers could see and cheer the Queen along her route, a journey which lasted 40 minutes. This regal day, which started off cloudy, ended in sunlight and with a reception hosted by Her Majesty on board her yacht.

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