Military Review at Quebec
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The Military Review at Quebec Tercentenary Celebration 1908

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Military review at Que.

THE MILITARY REVIEW
AT QUEBEC, TERCENTENARY CELEBRATION
JULY 1908

J. D. Kelly & A. H. Hider
Colour lithograph, Printed Toronto Lithographic Co. Published by Globe Printing Co. Toronto 1908
original glass and period mahogany wood frame
14 1/8 x 28 7/8 including letters (35.8 x 73.3 cm.)  Frame 22 ¼ x 36 ½”   
Ref. RY4(179)/DOL/r.ando  > VNN  PRICE CODE C

This highly collectable Canadian military image depicts the great military review, which took place upon the Champ de Mars (Field of the Battle of the Plains of Abraham), in July 1908, in cordial celebration of the 300th.  anniversary of the founding of Quebec by Champlain.

Some 15,000 militia and regulars paraded in front of HRH. Prince of Wales, (later King George V), who is taking the salute.

The mounted figures of Arthur, Duke of Connaught and the newly appointed Chief of General Staff Brig. Gen. William Otter, are seen to the rear left and right of the Prince respectively.

Other notable dignitaries present and seen behind and to his left include: Earl Grey (the Governor General) who sought to promote culture among Canadians. Sir Wilfred Laurier (Prime Minister) talking to Charles W. Fairbanks, vice-president of the United States, The French Admiral Jaureguiberry.

Leading the parade is Field Marshal Frederick Sleigh Roberts, Lord Roberts of Kandahar 1st Earl Roberts of Kandahar, Pretoria and Waterford, ‘Bobs’ in his ceremonial role of Colonelcy of the National Reserve he was the last commander-in-chief of the British Army.  Following him is Col. Sir Henry Pellatt (Casa Loma) Colonel 2nd. Queen’s Own Rifles, being the second senior infantry regiment of the Militia.

Cordial it may have been but such displays of military might left no doubt in the mind of Quebecers as to who was in charge, but it did make many Canadians feel a vital part of the Empire. 

At least this time the weather was better than on the last visit of the Prince in 1901, as then Duke of York, when he caught a severe cold due to the inclemency of the weather. Grey did a superb job in organizing the event from 1906 to 1908, he was heavily involved in the planning of the Quebec Tercentenary celebrations, with their pageantry, military & naval reviews and other social functions. Delegates from the other British Dominions were present to pay tribute to the founder of Quebec, and to assist in the dedication of the Battlefields.

A series of spectacular pageants in which five thousand performers took part,  re-enacting stirring episodes in Canadian history, in a setting of surpassing natural beauty, including the great river and miles of surrounding countryside.

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