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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

View from Upper Barracca, Malta [Valletta] 6 Jun 1862

RCIN 2701026

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Malta had been under British administration since the defeat of Napoleon in 1815. The island quickly became an important stop for ships en route to India. The Prince received a rapturous welcome from the people. He wrote: ‘Triumphal arches were put up everywhere and the people cheered and were very enthusiastic’. Malta received independence from Britain in 1964. Acquired by the Prince of Wales, 1862