photograph
photograph

photograph

Artwork

Accession Number
987.020.001
Description
A black and white photograph depicting uniformed men standing and walking at Craigdarroch's south veranda steps, bush in foreground, HRH Prince of Wales in naval uniform at top of steps, two red ensign draped and his crest above, several women looking down from the balcony overhead, the inscription on verso.
Narrative
This photograph depicts HRH Prince of Wales in naval uniform at the top of Craigdarroch's south verandah stairs on September 25, 1919 when he officially opened Craigdarroch Military Hospital. 

On the morning of the visit, Joan Crescent was closed to traffic. Shortly before the Prince arrived in his open limousine, returned soldiers assembled on the driveway and formed a line on each side of his intended path. The royal car arrived at 10:30 a.m., but contrary to plans, the Prince stepped out of it and onto Joan Crescent. He walked onto Craigdarroch’s grounds through the newly made concrete gates and under an archway of purple and white bunting, laurel leaves, and fir branches surmounted by his royal crest.

As he walked with his staff along the north driveway and toward the Castle`s south side, he was crisply saluted by numerous Highland sentries. Hundreds stood cheering and waving as he appeared before the assembled crowd. At the south side, he climbed the Castle’s broad granite steps onto the south verandah before passing through the west garden entrance and into the building.
History of Use
Unknown. Purchased by the donor from a Victoria antique store in 1987.
Date
September 25 1919
Dimensions
8.6 x 14 cm
Subject/Image
Craigdarroch Military Hospital - day of official opening by HRH Prince of Wales
Medium
Photographic
Support
Paper
Inscription
The only picture I got of Edward
Country of Origin
Canada

Related Association
Craigdarroch Military Hospital (depicts)
Related Publications
Craigdarroch Military Hospital: A Canadian War Story (Relates to)