The Canadian Coronation Contingent is a guard of honour, composed of members of the Canadian Forces and Royal Canadian Mounted Police, assembled distinctly for participation in the coronation ceremonies of the Canadian monarch in London, England. Only three Coronation Contingents have ever been mounted, all of them before the unification of the Canadian Army, Royal Canadian Air Force, Royal Canadian Navy into the Canadian Forces; for the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra in 1902, the coronation of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth in 1937, and again for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
The 1902 coronation
The Canadian military contingent for the coronation of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra consisted of some 600 men and was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel Pellatt, of The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada. The contingent, which included veterans of the Battle of Paardeberg, arrived at Liverpool on 20 June 1902, and were given an "immense reception" by local people. They camped with other Dominion and colonial troops at Alexandra Palace in north London.
- Unknown editor (1903). The Annual Register of World Events: A Review of the Year, Volume 144. Longmans, Green and Co, London. p. 446. Retrieved 2 August 2014.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link) "Early in June, the Canadian contingent of some 600 officers and men, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel Pellatt, of the Queen's Own Rifles, left for England to take part in the Coronation ceremonies"
- "The King's Coronation (p. 8)". Otago Daily Times. 21 June 1902. Retrieved 2 August 2014.
- "The Coronation Contingent. Camp Life at Alexandra Palace (p. 7)". The Mercury. Hobart, Tasmania. 6 August 1902. Retrieved 2 August 2014.