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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

Sydney Prior Hall (1842-1922)

Pera-hera and Devil Dancers at Kandy 2 December 1875

RCIN 923318

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The Prince of Wales, seated here on the left, was entertained by a procession, called Pera-hera, of more than 30 elephants and masked dancers, outside the Pavilion or Governor's Residence at Kandy. Pera-hera, a Buddhist festival, is usually celebrated in July or August, but a rehearsal was organised for the Prince to see during his visit to Ceylon.