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Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860-1911$
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Charles V. Reed

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780719097010

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719097010.001.0001

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British royals at home with the empire

British royals at home with the empire

(p.1) Chapter One British royals at home with the empire
Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860-1911

Charles V. Reed

Manchester University Press

Chapter one examines the conceptual space between the projection of Queen Victoria as a symbol of empire and nineteenth-century royals often ambivalent attitude toward the empire and, particularly, the royal tours. It also describes the experiences of royal tourists of empire between the first royal tours of 1860 and the coronation durbar of 1911. Using correspondence to, from, and about travelling royals – including two future kings – the chapter examines Victorian and Edwardian royals’ encounters with the empire from their daily routines to their participation in Mughal-inspired durbars with Indian princes.

Keywords:   Queen Victoria, Prince Alfred, Edward VII, George V, royalty, durbar, royal tour

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