Neg. No: (GP) 7296
Neg. Size: 12"x15"
Neg. Date: 19-07-1912

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Subject: The Canadian Prime Minister, Canadian cabinet ministers and wives.

The Canadian Prime Minister, Canadian cabinet ministers and wives.

Sir Robert and Lady Borden 1912 copyright V&A

Sitters may include:

Rt. Hon. Sir(1) Robert (Laird) Borden, (1854-1937); Canadian Statesman; Conservative Prime Minister 1911-1920. [3rd left, back row].

Hon. Sir(2) (John) Douglas Hazen (1860-1937); Canadian Politician; Minister of Marine and Fisheries and Minister Naval Service, Canadian Government 1911-1917. [2nd left, back row].


Hon. Louis Philippe Pelletier (1857-1921); Canadian Postmaster-General 1911-1914.

Lady Borden, when Mrs Robert Borden (d. 1940), née Laura Bond; youngest daughter of T.H. Bond of Halifax, Nova Scotia; m. (1899) Rt. Hon. Sir Robert Borden.

Lady Hazen, when Mrs Douglas Hazen, ( ), née Ada C. Tibbits; daughter of James Tibbits of Fredericton; m. (1884) Hon. Sir Douglas Hazen. (Probably 1st left, front row)


Mrs Louis Philippe Pelletier ( ), née Adele Lelièvre; m. (1883) Hon Louis Philippe Pelletier.

Date: 19 July 1912.

Occasion: State Ball, Buckingham Palace, 19 July 1912.(4)

Robert Laird Borden: His Memoirs, Macmillan & Co., London, 1938

Vol I, p 360

On July 19th I went to Buckingham Palace at eleven to be sworn in as Privy Councillor; Lord Morley, Mr. Harcourt and Sir Charles Fitzpatrick were present. The ceremonial is very rigid; one kneels on one knee to take the oath of allegiance, then one stands and takes the oath as Privy Councillor, then one kneels again and kisses the King’s hand…

In the afternoon (Julyl 19th) I conferred with Churchill as to the character of the speech which he proposed to deliver on the following Monday. In the evening we attended the State Ball. It was most brilliant in every way; I particularly remember the wonderful display of gold plate.

Location: The Lafayette Studio, 179 New Bond Street, London, W.

Descr: Full length group.

Costume: (Gentlemen in Full Dress Civil Uniform).

Costume Supplier: -

Orders, Decorations & Medals: (Sir Douglas and Lady Hazen) Coronation Medal 1911.

Furniture & Props: Painted backdrop.

Photographer: Lafayette Ltd., 179 New Bond Street, London.

Evidence of photographer at work: Studio light in top right hand corner.

No of poses: 1

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Provenance: Pinewood Studios; acquired 1989.


Biog: Dictionary of National Biography; Who's Who.

Occasion: The Times, 20 July 1912, p 9a.

Costume: -

Costume Supplier: -

Orders, Decorations & Medals: Howard N. Cole, Coronation and Royal Commemorative Medals 1887-1977, London, 1977.

Reproduced: -

Acknowledgements: Barbara Borkowy. (Orders etc) David Bownes.

1. Knight Grand Cross of the Order of St. Michael and St. George cr. 1914.

2. Knight Commander of the Order of St. Michael and St. George cr. 1918.

Sir John Douglas Hazen (1860- 1937), born in Oromocto; lawyer, judge, politician; member of Canadian House of Commons for Saint John (1891-96); premier of New Brunswick (1908-11); member of federal cabinet (1911-17); Chief Justice of New Brunswick (1917-35); stood up for the rights of Maritime Canada in Ottawa.

4. The Canadian ministers' visit to Britain (3 July - 21 August 1912) concerned Imperial Defence and Canadian naval power. (see The Times).