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Highlights of the tour

The Prince of Wales’s tour was planned so that he could see as much of the Indian subcontinent as possible. At each of the stops elaborate arches, pavilions and illuminations were erected to welcome the Prince and his suite as they entered cities and towns. On his arrival at each place, formal addresses were read to the Prince. To commemorate the event these were then presented to him in lavish caskets.

A watercolour depicting a procession of elephants, one of which has a howdah (seat) on its back, seen by Albert Edward, Prince of Wales, on his visit to Baroda  (present-day Vadodara) at the invitation of Sayaji Rao III, Gaekwar of Baroda, on 19 Nove

A procession of elephants at Baroda


The Prince also visited the Indian courts of Baroda, Benares, Kashmir, Gwalior, Jaipur and Indore. Upon entering these royal capitals, grand processions were organised by the rulers who escorted the Prince, usually on elephant, to their palaces. Here the Prince was entertained by court musicians and dancers. He also attended military reviews and visited historical monuments. These visits enabled the Prince to learn more about the rich and varied culture and history of the Indian subcontinent.

Indian School, late 18th century

Rama, the seventh incarnation of Vishnu.

Indian School, late 18th century

The marriage of Krishna and Rukmini.

JB Gomes, Mudaliyar (active 1875-81)


? Indian; Sialkot


Northern Indian

Arm guards