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Detail from a map of India and the Middle East, showing the route of the Prince of Wales' tour

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

South Indian

Bangle c.1850-75

RCIN 11522

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The Prince purchased this gold bangle from a peddler during his stay in Trichinopoly. Such peddlers, referred to as boxwallah in William Howard Russell's diary, were a frequent sight throughout the tour. On 12 December Russell recorded that after Sunday service 'came irruptions of workers in gold and silver, in brass and ebony, and in all the things for which Trichinopoly is famous. There was no more peace, but there was much bargaining for bangles and jewellery'. This bangle was later presented by the Prince to Queen Victoria for her birthday.