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Photo: The Royal Group from the east (Boundary Survey Report photo)

Mount Princess Mary

  • 3084 m (10,119ft)
  • First Ascent
  • Naming History
50.5847N -115.394W
Located west of the Palliser River and east of Queen Mary Creek

Range: Royal
Province: BC
Headwater: Kootenay
Ascent Date: 1928
Ascent Party: C. Crosby, H. Crosby, C.A. Willard
Ascent Guide: Rudolph Aemmer
Year Named: 1913
Named by: Interprovincial Boundary Survey
Named for: Princess Mary (Prince Mary was a daughter of King George V and Queen Mary.)

In Volume I of the Interprovincial Boundary Survey, Arthur Wheeler described the Royal Group as, "a very remarkable group of mountains comprising seven distinct peaks, the highest having a altitude of 11,226 fee; it is much in evidence, and its towers and precipitous walls, its glaciers and outlying ridges dominate the landscape from all dirctions. It was first noticed by the Topographical division from Wonder Peak, close to Mount Assiniboine, and the name of "Mt. King George" was then given to the highest summit. The Commissioners now suggest that the title of 'The Royal Group' be applied to this collection of peaks and that the names of the Royal Family be placed upon its several summits. . ."

The names for these peaks chosen by the Interprovincial Boundary Survey were those of the British King and Queen of the day as well as their six children: King George, Queen Mary, Prince Edward, Prince George, Prince Henry, Prince John, Prince Albert, and Princess Mary.

Photo: Mount King George dominates this view from the east (l-r) Princess Mary, King George, Prince Albert, and Prince Edward