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Wednesday, June 19, 2024
Exploring Photos: A royal mishap
A 1901 photo of King George V with his royal entourage outside the Queen's Royal Hotel.

In honour of the King’s coronation on May 6, we present an image from our Royal Family collection. Unfortunately we do not have any photographs of the current King here in NOTL. However, we do have one of a former Prince of Wales and later King George V (1910-1936), our dear Charles’ great-grandfather, during his stay at the former Queen’s Royal Hotel in 1901. At the time they were known as the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York. In this photograph, members of the entourage with the royal couple (seated centre), are looking a bit perturbed while waiting on the hotel’s verandah. In anticipation of the royal visit, the hotel had installed a new acetylene gas plant in order to light the rooms. Unfortunately, while the royals were visiting, the gas leaked, forcing the royal party to sit on the verandah until 3 a.m.

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