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photograph of current display in the Grand Vestibule

A display highlighting the interaction between the monarchy and the wider world

Indian

Dagger and scabbard

RCIN 62448

Grand Vestibule, Windsor Castle

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The first British royal to visit India was Queen Victoria’s second son, Prince Alfred, Duke of Edinburgh. These 9 daggers formed part of his collection, and may have been acquired on his first tour in 1860, or during his second visit in 1869–70 as a part of a naval cruise aboard HMS Galatea. On his return, the prince displayed numerous South Asian weapons in a newly-built ‘Indian Room’ at his London residence, Clarence House. When Queen Victoria went to visit the enlarged and redecorated property in May 1875, she noted,

2 old Drawing rooms… newly done up & full of the armour, china, & curios brought back by Affie [Prince Alfred] from abroad.