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Royal Tour: arch, Winnipeg, MB, 1901
William McFarlane Notman
1901, 20th century
Silver salts on film (nitrate ?) - Gelatin silver process
12 x 16 cm
Purchase from Associated Screen News Ltd.
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Keys to History:

Canadian prairie cities, or at least their Anglo-Saxon populations, liked to think of themselves not as outcasts living in the middle of nowhere, but as part of the great British Empire. When the chance to demonstrate their loyalty to king and empire came up, therefore, they seized it enthusiastically. This impressive, though temporary arch was built in Winnipeg for the royal tour of 1901, when the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (later, in 1910, to become King George V and Queen Mary) toured Canada on a train specially built for the occasion. The royal procession went under the arch, as thousands of cheering citizens lined the streets.


This arch was constructed for a special royal visit by the son of the King of England and his wife.


The arch was built by the loyal citizens of Winnipeg, Manitoba.


The occasion was the royal tour of 1901 by the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York.


The Duke and Duchess, later King George V and Queen Mary, rulers of the empire "on which the sun never set," passed through this arch in September 1901.

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