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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

William Simpson (1823-99)

Reception of the Prince at Calcutta by the Maharaja of Kashmir 23 December 1875

RCIN 921110

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When the Prince arrived at Calcutta an impressive reception was organised to welcome him to the city. Pavilions were erected on the muddy banks of Prinsep's Ghat and decorated with white and gold pillars wreathed with garlands of roses and banners. The Prince was met by Viceroy Northbrook and several of the Maharajas who had not been able to meet him in Bombay. In this watercolour, Ranbir Singh Maharaja of Kashmir is shown greeting the Prince.