Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn (1767–1820), fourth son of King George III, arrived (aged twenty-seven) in Halifax as commander of the troops in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick (from 1794 till 1800). He was the first member of the royal family to live in North America for more than a short visit. The prince was offered the rural estate of Lieutenant Governor Sir John Wentworth as his
residence. The prince liked it so much he renovated and expanded the estate (later known as the Hemlock Ravine Park). All that would remain of the original estate was the music room (rotunda), a small, round room built on a knoll overlooking the Bedford Basin. Upon his return to England, the prince became the father of the future Queen Victoria. (Image: Music House, Prince’s Lodge,
by William Eagar, 1839. From The Artists’ Halifax, Mora Dianne O’Neill.)