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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

Visit to the Indian Courts

A pencil and wash drawing depicting the arrival of Albert Edward, the Prince of Wales, at Jaipur on 4 February 1876.  The Prince is seated on the back of an elephant with Maharaja Ram Singh II. Inscribed, dated and signed: Arrival of H

The arrival of the Prince of Wales at Jaipur, 4 February 1876 ©

In the final months of his tour, the Prince visited Agra, Gwalior, Jaipur, Nepal and Indore. An important aspect of the tour was to make connections with the rulers of India, many of whose lineages had been established for centuries. The Prince received numerous invitations from Indian rulers to visit their palaces and states, providing him with opportunities to learn more about them.

The Prince visited Gwalior as a guest of Maharaja Jayaji Rao Scindia, arriving on 31 January. Here he stayed at the Maharaja’s newly built palace, Jai Vilas Mahal. Built in 1874, the palace was furnished with chandeliers, mirrors, furniture and tapestries from Europe and the room that the Prince occupied was fitted with a bedstead, washing service and bath made of solid silver.

Another state visited by the Prince was Jaipur. He arrived in the city on 4 February 1876 and was welcomed by Maharaja Ram Singh II. They then travelled through Jaipur on elephant-back, their route lit by torchlight.

William Simpson (1823-99)

Arrival of the Prince at Agra

Mohammed Ibrahim (active 1877)

Sword

Samuel Bourne (1834-1912)

The Taj at Agra, Garden View

Northern Indian

Pair of arm guards

Bourne & Shepherd (active 1864-1900s)

Maharaja Sir Jung Bahadur Rana

Bourne & Shepherd (active 1864-1900s)

The Maharajah Holkar of Indore, GCSI (1835-86)