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The Prince of Wales's Tour of India in 1875-6

Albert Edward's tour aimed to strengthen ties between the two countries

Detail from a map of India and the Middle East, showing the route of the Prince of Wales' tour
Photograph of elephant, standing with a driver and passenger on board. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII (1841-1910) and two Indians are standing in front of the elephant.

His Royal Highness and Elephant: Prince of Wales Tour of India 1875-6 (vol.6) ©

In October 1875, Albert Edward Prince of Wales, the eldest son of Queen Victoria, embarked on an extensive tour of the Indian subcontinent. Here the Prince visited more than 21 towns and cities before returning to England in May 1876. British monarchs and members of the Royal Family undertook lengthy tours to strengthen ties with other countries, and also to learn more about the culture and history of those regions. The Prince of Wales’s tour of India was envisaged as a way of forging diplomatic links between the Indian rulers and the British Crown. The Prince exchanged gifts with each ruler he met and some of the most significant Indian works of art in the Royal Collection today were acquired during this tour.

This trail explores the Prince of Wales's journey around the Indian subcontinent, which encompassed parts of modern-day India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Nepal.

xxxix, 617 p., [31] leaves of plates : ill.

The Prince of Wales' Tour : a diary in India, with some account of the visits of H.R.H. to the courts of Greece, Egypt, Spain & Portugal / by William Howard Russell ; with illustrations by Sydney P. Hall ©

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Splendours of the Subcontinent: A Prince's Tour of India 1875-6

Some of the finest treasures presented to the Prince of Wales during his tour of India

En route to India

The Prince of Wales travelled to India aboard HMS Serapis

First steps in India

After nearly a month at sea, the Prince arrived in India

Along the coasts of India and Sri Lanka

The second leg of the voyage was mainly by ship

Travelling inland

The Prince continued his voyage inland by rail

Visit to the Indian Courts

The final months of the tour saw the Prince travel further inland

Farewell to India

The Prince departed India on the 13 March 1876