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circulated earlier in January 1883, the exact
timing and details were kept secret until a few
days before her arrival. The relative secrecy,
along with her transport on a British man-of-war, were precautions taken because she and
her husband had been the subjects of threats by
Irish nationalists (Fenians).
During her time in Bermuda, Princess
Louise—an accomplished artist—made
sketches and watercolours, some of which are
now exhibited at Canada’s National Gallery
in Ottawa. Biographies of Princess Louise
and contemporary descriptions of her visit
indicate that she had a wonderful time in Ber-
muda. During her visit to St. George—where
elaborate decorations included a flower-and-
seashell-bedecked “Marine Arch” to welcome
her—Princess Louise was quoted as saying she
would always remember “my sojourn on these
Islands in that ‘Eternal Spring which here
enamels everything,’ among such a frank and
Princess Louise’s visit—widely reported in
the New York Times and other international
publications—was later credited as catalysing
Bermuda’s then-fledgling tourism industry,
which came to dominate the economy for
decades afterwards. Hers was the first visit to
Bermuda by a member of the royal family, and
the Hamilton Princess Hotel, opened two years
after her visit, was named after Princess Louise.
A Times correspondent wrote in an article
headlined “A Nest for the Princess”: “The
expectation of the Princess’ coming has
done the town of Hamilton a great deal of
good…Everyone who owns a roof has had it
whitewashed. Nearly every house has been
freshly painted, and trees have been trimmed,
flagpoles erected, and every flag in the island’s
shops has been sold.”
The logbook will be on display at Master-
works—at the moment by appointment only.
*Descriptions of Princess Louise’s visit are from
Bermuda Through the Camera of James B.
Heyl, 1868 to 1897, compiled by Edith Stowe
Godfrey Heyl, 1951.
A flower-and-seashell-bedecked “Marine
Arch” was created for the Princess’ visit
to St. George.