Portrait of Queen ElizabethRoyal Visit - 1959Golden Jubilee emblem

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and His Royal Highness The Prince Philip dined with representatives of the entire University family in the splendour of U.B.C.’s new faculty club on July 15.

Arriving at the Faculty Club
Reception at the Faculty Club
The Queen, Mackenzie, Prince Philip, and Dal Grauer at the Faculty Club

Representatives of the senate, the board of governors, the deans and faculty, the student body and the employed and secretarial staff were invited to the formal banquet planned by faculty club manager Stephan Carrol.

Her Majesty arrived at the club shortly before 6 p.m. and the royal party occupied the entire social suite until 7 p.m. when the president and chancellor Dal Grauer escorted Her Majesty and Prince Philip to the recreation area adjacent to the banquet hall.

The Queen, Mackenzie, Price Philip, and Dal Grauer
The Queen, President Mackenie, Prince Philip, and Dal Grauer

At the reception the Queen met representatives of the University family before being seated for dinner.

The menu consisted of shrimp, roast tenderloin of beef, endive salad, fresh strawberries and coffee. Special pastries were baked at the faculty club.

Following the toast to the Queen the president rose to announce that the University had received a gift of $50,000 from B.C. lumberman H.R. MacMillan to provide scholarships for graduate students.

The scholarships will be for graduate work in any field at U.B.C. The first five awards will be made in September.

Mr. MacMillan's gift was made to commemorate the visit of the Queen to Canada and because of the known interest of the Queen and Prince Philip in students.

Reception at the Faculty Club
Queen Elizabeth and President Mackenzie
The Queen, Mackenzie, and Phyllis Ross

The Queen left at 8:05 p.m. for a "Theatre Under the Stars" performance in Stanley Park. Large crowds of people gathered outside the club both before and after the dinner to cheer the royal couple.


The Queen and Mackenzie sharing a laugh at dinner

From: The U.B.C. Alumni Chronicle (Autumn 1959), pp. 20-21.

(UBC Archives photograph #'s 1.1/2639(1-4), 1.1/2640(1,2), 1.1/2776, 1.1/12867, 23.1/541)