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The Empress Gallery of Canada's first ladies Canadian Pacific Railway Company. Canadian Pacific Hotels. The Empress Hotel 1930

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-JUUlac   __jll__d_Jt, Lll,    VUUillC_b   UJ.    J-/U.X J.LO.XLL,    1UUU 1 HIS booklet has been prepared in response
to the keen interest of visitors in the group
of beautiful paintings on the walls of the
stately dining room at the Empress Hotel,
Victoria, British Columbia—a Canadian
Pacific hostelry.
These paintings are portraits of the wives of
Governors-General of Canada, who during
the last century came to a brave new world
from the Courts of Old England.
Many of them have played important roles
in the upbuilding of Canada. All have
upheld the traditions of the Royal House,
sharing with their husbands viceregal status
and presiding with grace and dignity in the
capital of Canada.
Louise Elizabeth, Countess of Durham, [1838]
Great Britain's xv very little lady " was just being
crowned as Queen Victoria, when Louise Elizabeth; Countess of Durham (photograph on cover)
came to Canada.
For five momentous months, she was by the side
of her distinguished and handsome young husband, George Lambton, first Earl of Durham, in
the old Citadel of Quebec; a gloomy enough
home for this pretty brown haired young woman,
whisked from the quiet elegancies of young
Queen Victoria's Court to the buffeting ways
of Canada.
Mary Louisa, Countess of
Elgin (1847-54).
Came to a young Canada
when it was agitated over the
beginnings of constitutional
government, and felt the maelstrom whirl about her. Daughter of the Countess of Durham
(five short-term governors intervened), she sketched beautifully and revived the old
French custom of a New
Year's Eve Ball.
Elizabeth, Viscountess
Monck (1867-68).
Saw Confederation launched,
but left Canada before her
husband's term of office was
over. Although Lord and Lady
Monck lived at Spencerwood,
Quebec City, historic old
Rideau Hall in Ottawa was
purchased during their regime. Lady Monck was the
personification of Victorian
Lady  Adelaide  Annabelle
Lisgar, (1868-72).
Arrived prior to the Red
River Insurrection, a Fenian
raid into Quebec and the
westward expansion of Confederation. One of the famous
English beauties of the period,
she is shown with abundant
hair, classical features, and a
rope of amber.
Harriot, Marchioness of
Dufferin and Ava, (1872-78)
Was worshipped by most
people with whom she came
into contact. An Irish beauty,
she was high-spirited, an
actress. She drove the first
spike in the Canadian Pacific
Railway line in Manitoba—
Canada's first transcontinental
railway that made the Confederation of Canada a fact.
[4] H. R. H. Princess Louise
Marchioness of Lome,
Was the charming fourth
daughter of Her Majesty
Queen Victoria. She had real
gifts as a painter and sculptor,
and her statue of her mother
is in front of the Royal Victoria
College in Montreal. The
Royal Academy of Art was
started through her help and
Constance,    Countess    of
Derby, (1888-93).
The Lady Stanley Institution
for Trained Nurses owes its
foundation to the enthusiasm
of this First Lady. She was the
mother of eight sons and two
daughters. Her second son,
Commander Stanley of the
Royal Navy, married the
daughter of the Hon. C. E.
Pooley, K.C., of Esquimalt,
Mary, Countess of Minto,
Went to the Klondike with
late King George V and
Queen Mary (when they were
Prince and Princess of Wales).
She was in Canada at the outbreak of the Boer War and
when Queen Victoria died. A
regal figure with a tiara
crowning her luxurious dark
Maud,   Marchioness   of
Lansdowne,  (1883-88).
One of the four sisters immortalized by Lord Beacons-
field in his novel Lothair, she
was the sister of Lady Anne
Hamilton. The years she spent
in Canada were marked by
the Riel Rebellion. Later, she
went to the Viceregal Palace
in India.
Ishbel, Countess of
Aberdeen,  (1893-98).
Strong-minded, a prohibitionist, reformer, philanthropist
and dynamic personality, the
Countess crammed more good
deeds into twelve months
than most women do in a lifetime, founded the Victorian
Order of Nurses and acted as
head and unofficial press
agent for the newly formed
National Council of Women.
Alice, Countess Grey
The wife of one of the most
popular Governors-General,
she was in Canada for the
brilliant pageants marking
the Tercentenary of the founding of Quebec.
[7 H. R. H.  Princess Louise,
Duchess of Connaught,
Widely informed, gifted with
humor and abounding common sense, the third daughter
of H. R. H. Prince Frederick
Charles of Prussia, she revealed steady loyalty to the
British Crown, but unhappily,
did not live to see Peace.
Lady  Marie  Evelyn Byng
of Vimy,
Lady Byng's pleasant
hobbies were gardening and
writing. She left the beautiful
rock garden at Rideau Hall
Ottawa, as a reminder of
the former, and two books
Barriers and Anne of the
Marshlands as a token of
the latter. She took many
Canadian wild flowers to her
home   in   England.
Roberte, Countess of
Bessborough, (1931-35)
Is too recently a part of
Canadian life to need introduction or comment. One of the
loveliest of ladies, her beauty
is equalled by her perfect
charm of manner and absolute naturalness.
Evelyn, Duchess of
Devonshire, (1916-21).
Was known for her unaffected
charm. She was a daughter of
the Marquis of Lansdowne,
Governor-General of Canada
in 1883, and Lady Evelyn
Hamilton, and inherited her
mother's beauty and. grace,
which had so impressed
Marie Adelaide, Countess
of Willingdon,
Later gracing the viceregal
throne in India, Her Excellency showed extraordinary
energy and an equally strong
interest in a veritable host
of activities. Few people or
events escaped her vivacious
and shrewd commentary.
Engravings through the courtesy of Chatelaine, Toronto
Paradise of Sunshine and Flowers
Canada's Evergreen Playground in British Columbia has
every vacation appeal. . . climate and recreation in a paradise-
setting . . . sunshine and flowers, with a climate that parallels the
climatic optimum and is tempered by the tang of Pacific breezes
and the warm Japanese Current rolling onward from Asia.
Victoria, capital of British Columbia, is a charming bit of Old
England situated at the southern tip of Vancouver Island — in the
heart of Canada's Evergreen Playground. It is the Evergreen
City — a city of flowers, hydrangeas, roses, hedges, oak trees, holly,
imposing public buildings, attractive bungalows, beautiful gardens
and parks. Into this delightful setting the Empress Hotel fits with
grace and charm... truly the ideal headquarters for a long or short stay.
Golf is played in Victoria every day of the year, and other
summer sports are all-year pursuits. Here, too, fishing, yachting,
riding, motoring, tennis, and swimming in the glass-enclosed Crystal
Garden are equally enjoyable. An outstanding event in the holiday-
life of Victoria is the Empress Hotel Annual Golf Tournament, held
early in March over the picturesque course of the Victoria (Oak Bay)
or Royal Col wood club for the Sir Edward Beatty Challenge Cup.
This competition is open to guests of the Empress Hotel.
The Vancouver Island Spring Festival is held at Victoria in
April under the auspices of the Vancouver Island Horticultural
Society. The programme includes a flower festival and special
lectures at the Empress Hotel, and the opening of many of Victoria's
exclusive gardens.
The Empress Hotel is also noted for its Yuletide Festivities at
Christmas and New Year. With its Old English tradition, the
Empress is an appropriate setting for the joyful celebration of these
age-old festivities.
This stately dining room houses the Empress Gallery of First Ladies.
Victoria, British Columbia.
A Canadian Pacific Hotel
in Canada's Evergreen Playground
The Empress Hotel, one of the world's most charming hotels,
is beautifully situated overlooking the placid waters of Victoria's
Inner Harbor. Embowered in lovely gardens and covered with ivy,
the Empress offers you a joyous welcome and a delightful vacation.
This famous hostelry has many attractions, including 570
comfortable guest rooms, majority with bath; Crystal Ball Room;
large public and private dining rooms; Tudor Grill Room; Concert
music in rotunda; Supper dance every Saturday night; the Conservatory with its fountain and masses of exotic blooms; and gardens
with their shady trellised walks, brilliant with flowers. Yet, with all
these comforts and attractions, daily rates at the Empress are low and
special Winter Vacation rates are available for stays of two weeks
or longer. Guests of the Hotel are extended the courtesy of the
famous Victoria (Oak Bay), Royal Colwood and other golf clubs on
payment of green fees.
For full information, reservations, etc., communicate with
your travel agent, any Canadian Pacific office, nearest Canadian
Pacific Hotel, or Manager, Empress Hotel, Victoria, B. C, Canada.


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