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Politics, Pageantry and Colonialism

Royal tours of the 1800s and early 1900s, and since, have created much documentation, perhaps the most obvious record contained in newspapers and magazines, newsreels and then radio and television broadcasts. Tours expressed and promoted royal and imperial authority, though in some instances they revealed resistance against expansionist designs. The royal visitor was the central actor in a tour, but was surrounded by an entourage of other people and a store of paraphernalia that played essential roles. This book examines how presentation is managed when ambassadors are sent in place of the royal personage. Sultan Alauddin of Aceh mounted a royal tour by proxy in which he was embodied - and concealed - in his gifts and in the humbler persons of his placeholders. Prince Alfred Ernest Albert, Duke of Edinburgh, provided a template for later royal tours in three ways. First, he pioneered a new relationship with the Royal Navy as a training institution for British princes. Second, his lengthy visits paved the way for similarly ambitious global tours. Alfred's tours cultivated a range of trusted support staff. Imperial citizenship and even Britishness were embraced by non- English and non- British subjects of the queen. One young prince who was present in Britain at some of the most glittering events was Thakur Sahib Bhagvatsinh, a Rajput who ruled Gondal. The book also discusses Kaiser Wilhelm II's tour, King Sisowath and Emperor Khai Dinh's tour to France, the Portuguese crown prince's tour of Africa, and tours during Smuts's Raj.

The visits to France of King Sisowath (1906) and Emperor Khai Dinh (1922)
Robert Aldrich

still remained less common than the many European monarchs who journeyed to France for official or private visits, to winter on the Côte d’Azur, take the waters at spa towns or enjoy the pleasures of Paris. 3 This chapter examines tours by two Southeast Asian monarchs: King Sisowath of Cambodia in 1906, and Emperor Khai Dinh of Annam in 1922. Unlike the Siamese king, they were monarchs of countries that had been taken over as French protectorates in

in Royals on tour
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Crown Prince Hirohito’s tour to Europe in 1921
Elise K. Tipton

designated as an informal one. Hirohito’s treatment as a head of state contrasts with that of King Sisowath and Emperor Khai Dinh, described in Chapter 8 in this volume. And although the informal designation of his stay reduced the number of meetings with government officials, Hirohito did make an official visit to President Alexandre Millerand’s official residence for an inspection of the guard of honour and a luncheon in his honour

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Bao Dai, Norodom Sihanouk and Mohammed V
Christopher Goscha

instruments of indirect rule. 5 Together, they convinced their latest emperor, Khai Dinh, to entrust his nine-year-old boy to them. He did. The idea was then to mould the prince into a tame monarch from a young age, to educate him directly so that he would be able to understand the French and their ways, all the while remaining rooted in his own royalist ‘tradition’. As Residents to Annam, Pasquier and Charles were particularly influential. Pasquier was an erudite man who knew the protectorate and the monarchy on which it turned in minute detail. In 1907, he published L

in Monarchies and decolonisation in Asia