Although the opening ceremony was billed as the largest show Vancouver had ever produced, the true highlight for many people was the Royal Visit. Prince Charles and Princess Diana began their tour with a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Canada Pavilion. After a rest and a change of clothes, they were escorted by yacht around Stanley Park for a waterfront tour of the city to the main Expo site. A formal welcome followed at Expo Centre. Along with Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney and his wife Mila, Charles and Diana visited several pavilions.
Royal tour ended under the translucent dome of BC Place. 54,000
guests and 7200 performers crowded into the stadium for Prince Charles'
Opening day was an emotional event for many people. After seven years of planning and three and a half years of construction, it was a relief to finally see the day come.