The celebrations were graced by the presence of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales representing his father, His Majesty King Edward VII. "Wednesday [22 July] was the first grand day of the Tercentenary celebrations. The promised arrival of H. R. H. the Prince of Wales had made the day a long desired one. All had been looking forward to the coming of the Prince who was the central figure of the celebrations. Old Quebec doubled its population on Wednesday."

His Royal Highness arrived at the King's Wharf aboard H.M.S. Indomitable. "The brilliant spectacle was emphasized by the booming of cannon from the citadel and the ships in port. ... Amid the shower of this thunder the Indomitable, her decks manned and her yards dressed. ... The vessels were now anchored. Around them came launches and boats of every description bearing messengers of two republics [France and the United States] and their admirals together with representatives of Britain and Canada. As soon as the gangway was lowered, the Admirals and Captains of the Atlantic fleet accompanied by Rear-Admiral Kingsmill of the Canadian Marine Department went on board to pay their respects to the Prince of Wales. Following the naval contingent, His Excellency the Governor-General [Earl Grey] and Field-Marshal the Earl Roberts ... . [Followed by] Sir Wilfrid Laurier, Mr. Joseph Pope, Under Secretary of State, ... Vice-President Fairbanks [U.S.A.] and Rear-Admiral Cowles of New Hampshire. Following these came the French naval commanders, who were in turn succeeded by the Lieutenant-Governor of Quebec province, Sir Lomer Gouin, the chairman and members of the battlefield commission, Major-General Lake, and Brigadier-General Otter. ...After the official visits ceased, ... the Prince descended the gangway and entered a little green launch, the swiftest in the navy. ... Several minuets latter the Prince stepped on Canadian soil. The Royal Standard floated over the King's Wharf; the band of the forty-third Regiment of Rifles, forming the guard of honour, played the national anthem; the guard presented arms and led by Sir Wilfrid Laurier, the gathering on the wharf cheered enthusiastically."

The Quebec Tercentenary Commemorative History (Quebec: Daily Telegraph, 1908), 41, 43-45.

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