Government House of Nova Scotia is the official residence of the Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia, as well as that in Halifax of the Canadian Monarch. It stands in the provincial capital at 1451 Barrington Street; unlike other provincial Government Houses in Canada, this gives Nova Scotia's royal residence a prominent urban setting, though it is still surrounded by gardens.
The public has only access to the Main Foyer, the Grand Staircase, the Ballroom, the Morning Room, the Drawing Room and the Dining Room.
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The Grand Staircase
• The Grand Staircase is a largest unsupported curved staircase in Canada.
• The Portrait of Major General Sir Herbert Crofton Campbell Uniacke, a British officer with the Royal Artillery during the First World War. He was the great grandson of Richard John Uniacke, the “old attorney-general” of NS.
• Golden Jubilee portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II from 2002. One of two portraits this size. The other hangs in the cabinet room in Ottawa.
• Portraits of Hon. Myra Freeman – Nova Scotia’s first female Lieutenant Governor and the first Jewish Lieutenant Governor in Canada, and of Hon. Mayann Francis – Nova Scotia’s first African-Nova Scotia representative of the Sovereign. Both portraits are based on photographs taken by renowned photographer, Sherman Hines and were unveiled in September 2012 and February 2013 respectively.
• Portrait bedside the Queen is The Hon. Henry Poole MacKeen who was Lieutenant Governor from 1963 to 1968.
• The Portrait over the marble table is of King Edward VIII, as Prince of Wales, who visited Nova Scotia in 1919. He would reign for just one year in 1936 before abdicating to marry American divorcee, Wallis Simpson. They were more commonly known as the Duke & Duchess of Windsor
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