19118 | Our Royal Guests, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York on Mill Street, Saint John, New Brunswick

 
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Our Royal Guests, the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York on Mill Street, Saint John, New Brunswick
Isaac Erb & Son
October 1901, 20th century
Gelatine silver print mounted on card
21.7 x 25.9 cm
19118
This artefact belongs to: © New Brunswick Museum
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In the closing months of 1900, Canada received the welcome news that the Duke (1865-1935) and Duchess (1867-1953) of Cornwall and York were planning a royal visit to the Dominion. Just months prior to her death, Queen Victoria (1819-1901) decided her grandson, Prince George, and his wife, Princess Mary, should visit Canada in recognition of the loyalty of the Canadian people and the contribution of Canadian soldiers in South Africa during the Boer War (1899-1902), which was then being fought.

In September 1901, their Royal Highnesses landed at Quebec City and moved on to stops in Montreal and Ottawa, before heading to the western provinces. On the return journey the royal visitors made their way to New Brunswick. The couple travelled by train, with many New Brunswickers displaying their excitement by lining the route waving flags and banners. In Saint John, the Royals were welcomed with great fanfare. It was evident that many New Brunswickers still had strong ties to England.

  • What

    This arch, built in honour of the royal visit, was emblazoned with the Latin phrase "O Fortunati Quorum Jam Mænia Surgunt" or, "Fortunate Ones Whose Walls Are Now Rising."

  • Where

    This arch was erected on Mill Street in Saint John, the only major stop made by the royal couple while in New Brunswick.

  • When

    The Royals spent approximately one month in Canada, a lengthy stay in an era when such visits took place only once in a generation.

  • Who

    The royal guests were the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York, who ascended the throne as George V and Queen Mary in 1910.