John A. & the Preparation for the Visit from the Prince of Wales

September 4 - 5, 1860
From Visit of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to the British North American provinces and United States in the year 1860 by Robert Cellem. Source: Robarts Collection, University of Toronto.Pinterest
From Visit of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales to the British North American provinces and United States in the year 1860 by Robert Cellem. Source: Robarts Collection, University of Toronto.

On June 12, 1860, Attorney-General John A. Macdonald announced that His Royal Highness, Albert Edward, the 18-year-old Prince of Wales, accompanied by the Duke of Newcastle, would visit Kingston on September 4 and 5 of that year. It would be the first ever royal visit of its kind. Apart from excitement and patriotic fervour over the honour of the event, the young prince was a contemporary public idol. Official receptions were organized and a ball planned for the HRH and local guests. He was to arrive on the SS Kingston, be greeted on his approach by a fleet of local vessels, formal speeches, royal salutes from local batteries, official welcomes by a cast of Kingston's dignitaries. John A. Macdonald was front and centre in the preparations.