Prince of Wales at Canadian National Exhibition, 1919. Photo by Reginald Symonds Timmis. Toronto Public Library.
The big draw at the 1919 CNE was a visit on August 25 by the Prince of Wales (the future King Edward VIII). He told a luncheon crowd that he was delighted to visit Toronto after all he had heard about the city from Canadian soldiers. “It seemed to me that a lot of them came from this great city, and I know no finer soldiers or better friends.” He promised that he would do his best “to be worthy of Canada’s friendship and of Canada’s trust.”
That trust would be tested by the abdication crisis of 1936, and his subsequent actions as the Duke of Windsor.