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Mistress of EverythingQueen Victoria in Indigenous Worlds$
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Sarah Carter and Maria Nugent

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784991401

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784991401.001.0001

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Southern African royalty and delegates visit Queen Victoria, 1882–95

Southern African royalty and delegates visit Queen Victoria, 1882–95

(p.166) Chapter Seven Southern African royalty and delegates visit Queen Victoria, 1882–95
Mistress of Everything

Neil Parsons

Manchester University Press

This chapter discusses a number of visits to Queen Victoria in England by a number of southern African kings or their envoys. It argues that in nearly every case, the warm reception by the queen was contradicted by the cold refusal of the Colonial Office to consider the indigenous viewpoint. It briefly discusses the resonances of nineteenth century experiences and ideas, showing that up to the 1960s Queen Victoria remained for many a symbol of the more beneficent aspects of British imperialism by contrast with the rapacious colonialism of white settlers. It ends with reference to one statue of her has been defaced in the opening years of the twenty-first century, reminding us that elite attitudes do not necessarily reflect mass opinion.

Keywords:   Queen Victoria, southern Africa, royal audiences, colonial policy

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