A Supreme Court of Canada ruling this week means the oath of allegiance to the Queen will stay as a requirement for obtaining Canadian citizenship, despite a legal challenge under the Charter of Rights. Whether to swear an oath would not have been on many minds in the 1950s, though, during her first visits to Hamilton.
Her first visit to Hamilton was 1951, when Elizabeth was still a princess on her inaugural visit to Canada. She returned in 1959, part of a Canadian tour that included opening the St. Lawrence Seaway. She stopped in Hamilton again in 2002 during her Golden Jubilee tour.