Search results

Start typing

The Prince of Wales and his entourage on camels posing for camera in front of Pyramid of Cheops and Pyramid of Cephrenes, Giza, Cairo. The Prince is seated on the camel fifth from the left. The man in the white suit with a cigar, gazing up at the Prince,
Royal Travel

Modes of travel and travelling accessories used by monarchs past and present


Carriage clock


RCIN 30436

Carriage clocks, specially designed for travelling, were developed in early nineteenth-century France. Their rectangular cases typically incorporate a carrying handle for easy transportation, as here. Rather than a pendulum mechanism, which might easily be damaged when on the move, the clocks have a more robust spring-driven lever escapement, which moves the hands at a steady rate. This clock belonged to the Emperor Napoleon III and its glazed top is painted in gold with his 'N' cipher. Queen Victoria, who was a close friend of the Emperor, was presented with this clock after the Emperor's death.

    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.