Arrival of Prince George at Kingston, 1891
Title: Landing of Prince George at Kingston
Year: ca 1890
Height: 5 1/2"
Width: 8 3/4"
Media: albumen print
Notes: Prince George, the son of the Prince of Wales, visited Kingston on January 27, 1891 to open the Kingston International Exhibition. Prince George came ashore from his ship, HMS Thrush, at 10 o’clock in the morning, to be greeted by Sir Henry Blake and other dignitaries. The royal party next went to the Town Hall for an official welcome from the Mayor of Kingston. The Prince then drove with the Governor, to King’s House through the cheering, brightly dressed holiday crowds who thronged the city streets. At approximately 12.30 pm the Prince and the Governor with their party arrived at the main entrance of the Exhibition building; the opening ceremony followed watched by a large crowd. Mr McKinnon made a welcoming address to which the Prince replied. The Old Hundredth hymn and God Bless the Prince of Wales were sung and the Bishop of Jamaica prayed for God’s blessing on the Exhibition. The Governor presented the Prince with a gold key and the Prince declared the Exhibition open, to the sound of enthusiastic cheering, a flourish of trumpets and a Royal Salute. Then the official party toured many of the Exhibition buildings before leaving.
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