Famous Visitors @ Niagara

Prince William

In October, 1991, during a week-long tour of Ontario, Diana, Princess of Wales, and her sons Prince William (age 9) and Prince Harry (age 7) paid a visit to Niagara Falls. It was the first time in Canada for the boys. The royals arrived by helicopter, and were driven to Table Rock to meet dignitaries and enjoy their first view of the falls. The princes checked out the binocular viewers, not at all deterred by the heavy mist blowing in. 

The Canadian tour was the first official engagement abroad for William & Harry. When Diana walked over to the crowd who had gathered, chatting and shaking hands, the princes joined her. It was Prince William’s second walkabout, and Prince Harry’s first.  Asked how they enjoyed Ontario, William replied “It’s wonderful”. 

The highlight of the trip was a voyage on the Maid of the Mist. One boat had been kept out of winter drydock especially for the royal visit. The princes each had a chance to steer the boat, and they honked the horn all the way up the river to the falls and back again. 

After lunch at the Victoria Park Restaurant, they left by helicopter to rejoin Prince Charles, who had been attending meetings in Toronto.

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Visit to city in 1991 left smiles on the faces of many

Niagara Falls for the royals