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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)

Rammugger (Ramnagar) Palace, Benares 1875-76

RCIN 2701724

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The Prince visited the city of Benares on 5 January 1876. Shortly before sunset the Prince sailed along the River Ganges on a state barge to Ramnagar Palace, where he met the Maharaja of Benares. The Prince and the Maharaja were transported from the river-bank to the palace on gold and silver-chairs, carried by the Maharaja's attendants. From the palace, Russell observed that the surface of the river was covered with tiny oil lamps that it appeared as though 'a starry sky were passing between banks of gold'.