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Hatley Castle in Colwood (near Victoria on Vancouver Island) in British Columbia, Canada • photo: Brandon Godfrey on Flickr

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Enchanting bridge at Hatley Park Castle / Vancouver, Canada

On February 27, 1897, Kathleen O'Reilly was presented to the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland, Lord Cadogan, at Dublin Castle. (This was next best to being presented to Queen Victoria at Buckingham Palace.) Photo of Miss O'Reilly in her presentation gown, by Lafayette, courtesy of the BC Archives/Royal British Columbia Museum. The gown itself is now located at the Royal BC Museum. Photos of the gown, which is trimmed with lilies of the valley, are via

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Hatley Park National Historic Site is located in Colwood, British Columbia in Greater Victoria. It is the site of Hatley Castle and Royal Roads University. The castle is the setting of the X-Men film series as Professor Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters. It was used as the mansion in the Made-For-TV movie Generation X, which is based on a comic that is a spin off of X-Men, also castle appears in the Smallville television series.

Hatley Castle Colwood, British Columbia, Canada

Hatley Park Castle - Victoria, BC