Just what was a Mountie doing in Fratton Road?

Four pictures today from a Havant reader who has supplied the four photos on this page from her collection.

Thursday, 2nd March 2017, 6:00 am
Updated Friday, 24th March 2017, 10:50 am
BLAZE Might this picture have been taken when the Co-op building in Fratton Road burned down in 1934?

And Mrs PM Hedley asks two questions about them all: when and why?

More than 70 years ago she lived in Garnier Street, Fratton, and her grandfather was Frank Dotteril, the manager of Ditman & Malpas on its corner with Fratton Road.

Mrs Hedley says the pictures were taken from the bay window above the shop ‘where we loved to sit and watch the world go by’.

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ROYAL This picture is thought to show George V and Queen Mary being driven along Fratton Road towards Fratton station. But why were they in Portsmouth?

She guesses the fire picture was taken when the Co-op burned down. If so, that was on July 20, 1934.

Then there are two pictures of car-borne royalty driving down Fratton Road – one containing George VI and Queen Elizabeth, the other George V and Queen Marytaken from the same position.

Mrs Hedley adds: ‘But the Mountie, why was he there?’

Can anyone help please?

CHEERING Crowds line the Fratton Road pavements for a glimpse of George VI and Queen Elizabeth
MOUNTIE A Mountie, or someone dressed as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, outside a pub in Garnier Street/Fratton Road. Why might he have been in the city?
ROYAL This picture is thought to show George V and Queen Mary being driven along Fratton Road towards Fratton station. But why were they in Portsmouth?
CHEERING Crowds line the Fratton Road pavements for a glimpse of George VI and Queen Elizabeth
MOUNTIE A Mountie, or someone dressed as a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, outside a pub in Garnier Street/Fratton Road. Why might he have been in the city?