Abstract only
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.

Technology, authority and naval architecture, c.1830 –1906
Author: Don Leggett

The nineteenth-century Royal Navy was transformed from a fleet of sailing wooden walls into a steam powered machine. This book provides the first cultural history of technology, authority and the Royal Navy in the years of Pax Britannica. It brings to light the activities, backgrounds, concerns and skills of a group of actors who literally shaped the Royal Navy. The book demonstrates the ways in which naval architects shaped naval thinking about ship design and influenced how ships were employed in active service. The 1830 Whig government's Board of Admiralty abolished the Tory-controlled Navy Board and appointed Symonds to oversee many of its duties and made the self-fashioning of the enlightened 'sailor-designer' identity a priority. The book focuses on the implications of steam for the management of naval architecture. The shaping of the Warrior and the introduction of iron into the British warship took place against the backdrop of projecting naval power and actors building credibility for new materiel. HMS Captain fully represented Cowper Coles's ideas of what a turret ship should be, and her launch the culmination of over ten years' effort, to secure what he considered an ideal trial for demonstrating his design ideas. The Royal Sovereign was one of the Royal Navy's first warships built under the 1889 Naval Defence Act, which provided £21.5 million for ten battleships, thirty-eight cruisers and other smaller vessels. The Navy is one of the most historically significant, and yet singularly neglected, institutions in the history of technology and war.

Abstract only
The embassy of Sultan Alauddin of Aceh to the Netherlands, 1601– 1603
Jean Gelman Taylor

Royal tours are staged presentations of the crowned self before random or selected spectators. Elements of a tour may include public processions, uniformed retainers, honour guards, display of flags, levees or durbahs, religious ceremonies and gifts. The royal personage may travel in open carriage or closed litter, and in audiences may be elevated on a dais on public display or concealed by a curtain. Forms of obeisance

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

, itinerary and reception in Europe and at home in Japan – acts as a lens for viewing radically changing social and political developments of the late 1910s and early 1920s and the role of the imperial throne in this contested setting. Moreover, study of the tour enables us to view the interaction between domestic politics and foreign policy in the new international environment following the end of the Great War and to draw attention to the use of royal

in Royals on tour
Guy Vanthemsche

physical presence of royals in the Congo was an ideal way to express this close, almost unique, relationship. Given this peculiarity, Belgian royal and princely voyages in the Congo cannot be considered as mere side stories. This chapter tries to unravel the multi-layered significance of these tours, both on the symbolic level and in the field of concrete politics: for the monarchy, for the colony and its inhabitants, for Belgium

in Royals on tour
South African Indian responses
Hilary Sapire

As an entourage of Daimlers carrying the British royal family and Prime Minister Jan Smuts entered the Curries Fountain Sports Grounds in Durban on the morning of 22 March 1947, the visitors were greeted ‘with one of the most overwhelming and emotional welcomes yet accorded the royal family in South Africa’. 1 A crowd of 65,000 cheered as the royal cavalcade, led by the Moslem Boys Brigade Band, drew up before a Taj

in Royals on tour
Charles V. Reed

-Gothic façades in Mumbai, and near the waterfront that bears her name in Cape Town – in bustling metropolises and provincial towns, near churches, mosques, and temples. In 1876, using the successes of the Prince of Wales’ tour of India in 1875–76, she persuaded Disraeli to style her Empress of India, an event celebrated by a royal durbar in Delhi. Her children and grandchildren travelled extensively through the

in Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860–1911
Author: Charles V. Reed

Royal Tourists, Colonial Subjects, and the Making of a British World, 1860-1911 examines the ritual space of nineteenth-century royal tours of empire and the diverse array of historical actors who participated in them. The book is a tale of royals who were ambivalent and bored partners in the project of empire; colonial administrators who used royal ceremonies to pursue a multiplicity of projects and interests or to imagine themselves as African chiefs or heirs to the Mughal emperors; local princes and chiefs who were bullied and bruised by the politics of the royal tour, even as some of them used the tour to symbolically appropriate or resist British cultural power; and settlers of European descent and people of colour in the empire who made claims on the rights and responsibilities of imperial citizenship and as co-owners of Britain’s global empire. Royal Tourists, Colonial Subjects, and the Making of a British World suggests that the diverse responses to the royal tours of the nineteenth century demonstrate how a multi-centred British-imperial culture was forged in the empire and was constantly made and remade, appropriated and contested. In this context, subjects of empire provincialized the British Isles, centring the colonies in their political and cultural constructions of empire, Britishness, citizenship, and loyalty.

Abstract only
Royal travel between colonies and metropoles
Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery

Royals have always been a peripatetic species. In the Ancient world, Hadrian spent more than half of his reign travelling the Roman empire, from Britain to the Black Sea to Egypt. When monarchs still led their forces into battle, as did St Louis during the Crusades and as did other medieval and early modern kings, travel to battlefields abroad was necessarily part of the ‘job’. With great pageantry and festivity, ‘royal

in Royals on tour
Prince Alfred’s precedent in overseas British royal tours, c. 1860– 1925
Cindy McCreery

When the young British princes Albert Victor and George visited Australia in 1881, they and their hosts recalled another royal tour and another royal tourist. Visiting a new grammar school in Brisbane, ‘they were told how their uncle, the Duke of Edinburgh, had laid the foundation-stone of the old Prince Alfred Grammar School, within sight, and now vacated’. 1 Alfred was in many ways the first British royal to tour major

in Royals on tour