Royal Visit 1901
This series of patriotic postcards from an unknown publisher feature the cities on the tour in 1901 by the Duke & Duchess of Cornwall and York. The series comprises numbered cards, following the sequence of the cities visited. As Duke and Duchess of York, George and May carried out a wide variety of public duties. In 1901, George and May toured the British Empire. Their tour included South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, and the Colony of Newfoundland. Its primary goal was to reward the dominions for their participation in the South African War of 1899–1902.
While in Canada, the Duke presented newly minted South African War medals to veterans of the Boer War in a Royal Review ceremony in Toronto on October 11, 1901. The Canadian leg of the tour started in Quebec on September 16th, and also included Halifax, before departing from Newfoundland.
The dukedom of Cornwall can only be held by the oldest living son of the monarch who is also heir apparent. On the death of Queen Victoria on January 22, 1901, when King Edward VII ascended the throne, his son, George, inherited the titles of Duke of Cornwall and Duke of Rothesay, and for much of the rest of that year, he was styled His Royal Highness The Duke of Cornwall and York.
The Duke, ascended the throne as King George V, King of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions, and Emperor of India, on May 6, 1910.
The cards are shown classified by the numbering system shown in Michael J. Smith’s The Canadian Patriotic & Heraldic Postcard Handbook 1897–1945 Volume I.