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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)

Prince of Wales Tour of India 1875-6. 1875-76

RCIN 2701653

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The Prince visited the Meenakshi Amman Temple on 11 December 1875 and was sprinkled with gold dust as he entered the temple complex through an impressive gateway, or gopura.

The temple has 14 multi-storeyed gopuram made of stone and each covered with thousands of painted figures of animals, gods and demons. The tallest gateway is over 50 metres high.