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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

Bourne & Shepherd (active 1864-1900s)

One of the Welcome Arches erected in Kandy for HRH the Prince of Wales 1875

RCIN 2701641

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Triumphal arches were erected to welcome the Prince in a number of the cities that he visited. The arches in Colombo were made using bamboo and fruit grown on the island: betel-nut, oranges, mangoes, plantain, coconuts and bananas. Another impressive arch – crafted from branches and leaves – was formed into the shape of two elephants with their trunks lifted.