Friday, July 29, 2011

Duke of Kent welcomed in Canada

July 29, 1941

The Duke of Kent was welcomed in Ottawa by his uncle, the Earl of Athlone, who is the Governor General of Canada, reports United Press.    He was also welcomed by Prime Minister W.L. Mackenzie King and Malcolm MacDonalds, the British High Commissioner.

The Duke is the first member of the British royal family to undertake a transatlantic flight.  His visit, said to be "purely military and personal, is informal, and not a state visit. in Ottawa, he will stat the Rideau Hall, the resident of the Earl and Countess of Athlone.  

Lord Athlone is the younger brother of the Dowager Queen Mary.

This is not the Duke of Kent's first visit to Canada.  In 1927, he toured the Dominion with his eldest brother, the Prince of Wales, now the Duke of Windsor.

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