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‘10661 – Royal Party on Board the “Crib” after the Trip through the Timber Slides, Ottawa, Canada’.
Front of photo shows dock with upper classes, racing canoe of the Ottawa Canoe Club (OCC), large river boat, and smaller (ferry?) boat. Back has description of what ‘timber slides’ are, and how to ride them.
Nice condition, some light stains on back, and on front left photo.
As modern modes of transportations allowed for easier travel across the oceans, more of the Royal Family came to tour the King's northern Dominion. The first since Queen Victoria's death was the second son of the reigning king, Prince George (later George V) and his wife (later Queen Mary), the Duchess of Cornwall and York, arrived in Canada in 1901 aboard the RMS Ophir, which was chartered by the Admiralty. The royal party – which consisted of 22 people, including the Duchess' brother Prince Alexander of Teck – landed at Quebec City on 16 September, from where the group then travelled to Montreal – where separate Francophone and Anglophone welcoming committees caused confusion – and then on to Ottawa, where the Duke watched the lacrosse final for the Minto Cup, which he enjoyed so much he kept the ball that was used. They then shot the timber slide at the Chaudière River, watched canoe races, and picnicked in Rockcliffe woods, near Ottawa. They passed through Ontario, creating "incredible excitement seldom seen since the visit of his father in 1860. Amongst other duties, the Prince dedicated the Alexandra Bridge in Ottawa, in honour of Queen Alexandra.
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