Athlone Crescent is named after the Earl of Athlone, Governor General
The Earl of Athone and Her Highness Princess Alice before leaving Canada.
The Earl of Athlone
He was born Prince Alexander of Teck on April 14, 1874. He was named Alexander Augustus Frederick William Alfred George (Teck) Cambridge. He became Major General Alexander Cambridge, 1st Earl of Athlone. He was also a British Army commander and as a major general served as the Governor General of South Africa and as the Governor General of Canada (from 1940 to 1946).
He hosted the Québec Conferences at La Citadelle in 1943 and 1944, where Canadian Prime Minister William Lyon Mackenzie King, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and American President Franklin Roosevelt met to decide Allied strategy for victory over Germany and Japan. A maternal uncle of King George VI, Athlone was the last close relative of the monarch to serve as Governor General of Canada.
He had first been considered for the that position in 1914. However, the proposed appointment was unpopular in Canada he was viewed as a German prince with few qualifications for the role. The outbreak of the First World War resulted in the Duke of Connaught’s term as Governor General being extended and Athlone serving on the western front.