Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Royal Spectacle: The 1860 Visit of the Prince of Wales to Canada and the United States

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

Royal Spectacle: The 1860 Visit of the Prince of Wales to Canada and the United States

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Ian Radforth, Royal Spectacle: The 1860 Visit of the Prince of Wales to Canada and the United States (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005), xii + 469pp. Cloth. £42 ($75). ISBN 0-8020-4835-8. Paper. £18 ($39.95). ISBN 0-8020-8665-9.

The visit of the future Edward VII to British North America in 1860 was the first overseas royal tour. Celebratory accounts followed his entourage from St John's to Detroit and on through the United States. More usefully, Ian Radforth treats the episode as a series of overlapping snapshots. He shows how communities planned to receive their visitor, and how they were portrayed by those who accompanied him. Blacks and women were excluded from the public sphere although the octogenarian Laura Secord signed one address of welcome. Aboriginal people were presented as caricatures. Excitement was intense: one Montrealer was trampled to death, a French journalist had to apologise for revealing that the Prince was physically unimpressive and even the ageing Papineau fired a salute for the royal party. Groups calling themselves Calithumpians and Physiogs parodied the ceremonies with charivari. In French Canada, as yet lacking a secular civic identity, priests were prominent participants. But, unlike George V in 1939, the Prince travelled in a British, not a Canadian capacity. Since Orange processions were banned in Ireland, the Prince's adviser, the Duke of Newcastle, refused to countenance the Order's manifestations in Upper Canada, and a stand-off at Kingston severely embarrassed John A. …

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