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Montreal Chest Institute: A majestic beginning

The Chair of the Montreal Chest Institute Foundation reveals the stunning story of how the King took part in the facility’s opening ceremony, despite the fact he was thousands of miles away in Sussex, England.

Follow the century-old institution's journey to its new home at the MUHC Glen site

Joan Ivory's relationship with the Montreal Chest Institute started in 1973. She is the hospital's longest-serving volunteer. (Antoni Nerestant/CBC)

With King Edward VII's determination to fight tuberculosis and funding from the Burland family, the Royal Edward Institute, the institution that would eventually become the Montreal Chest Institute, opened on October 21, 1909. 

The chair of the Montreal Chest Institute Foundation reveals the stunning story of how the King took part in the facility's opening ceremony despite the fact that he was thousands of miles away in Sussex, England.

Foundation chair Joan Ivory tells the story of the elaborate ceremony for the opening of the Royal Edward Institute in 1909.

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