the twentieth century.
This chapter aims to understand how Victorian royals
thought and talked about the empire through the lens of the royal tour.
As a whole, the Victorian royalfamily was deeply and profoundly
ambivalent about the British Empire. Victoria’s consort Prince
Albert and her grandson George, the future George V, were the most
important exception to this observation. After Albert’s demise
by Prince Albert
and the Colonial Secretary, the Duke of Newcastle. While the royal tours
of 1860s had some origins in the royal progress or the grand tour –
intended to encourage public visibility of and interaction with the
British royalfamily and to educate young royals in the lessons of
empire – they were a decidedly novel political and cultural invention.
They were made possible by new modes of
article in Echoes indicated its view in its title:
‘British films to the front – getting the soul of England
into pictures’. 84 Later, in 1945, in New Brunswick, the Princess
Alexandra Chapter showed films about Canada and the royalfamily at two
parties it gave for language students at vocational school. 85
Into the home
The space of the home, as the
place of immigrant women
Toussaint, Nkrumah or
Ahab – was not really very marxist, but it was very
‘English’. 71 So too, it might even be said, was his attitude to
monarchy. ‘I have been a republican since I was eight years old.
An Englishman, William Makepeace Thackeray, taught it to me. But the
British people respect and some even love the RoyalFamily, and we
revolutionists don’t make a fuss about it.’ 72 The
Julie Evans, Patricia Grimshaw, David Philips, and Shurlee Swain
Government was to unite the Dominions around issues of defence.
And so in May 1911 the prime ministers of the Dominions,
flanked by their appropriate ministers, set foot in the British capital,
all apparently pleased, if not flattered, to be there to receive the
applause of the press and the assiduous attentions of the senior
ministry and royalfamily. From the newly united South Africa came its