John A. & the Cancellation of the Visit from the Prince of Wales

August 25, 1860
Arch erected opposite 113 and 114 Sparks Street in Ottawa in honour of the visit from the Prince of Wales in 1860. Source: Library and Archives Canada.Pinterest
Arch erected opposite 113 and 114 Sparks Street in Ottawa in honour of the visit from the Prince of Wales in 1860. Source: Library and Archives Canada.
Portrait of John Flanigan circa 1855. Painter unknown. Source: City of Kingston.Pinterest
Portrait of John Flanigan circa 1855. Painter unknown. Source: City of Kingston.

On August 25, 1860, it was announced that the Prince of Wales would not be landing at Kingston. The reason was the planned presence of 15,000 members of Orange lodges and the erection of ceremonial Orange arches along the proposed ceremonial route of the Prince's proposed procession. Newcastle had objected on the grounds that this would inflame Catholic-Protestant conflict. Macdonald and a Kingston delegation met with Newcastle at Brockville. The royal visit would not take place unless the Orange arches were removed. This was refused by the Orangemen, lead by former Kingston mayor John Flanigan, and the Prince's party by-passed Kingston. The planned banquet was held at City Hall, Macdonald proposed a royal toast, and dancing continued until 3 a.m.