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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.

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Royal travel between colonies and metropoles
Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery

a Native American chief – converted to Christianity and married to an Englishman – arrived in London in 1606, and was paraded around by the Virginia Company as a princess of the Powhatan empire. Subsequent ‘royalvisitors to Europe included four ‘Indian Kings’ who visited England in 1700, a ‘Prince of Timor’ who travelled to the Netherlands, Britain and Canada at mid-century, and the Polynesian ‘princes’ Aoutourou and Omai who returned to

in Royals on tour
A conceptual history 1200–1900

This collection explores how concepts of intellectual or learning disability evolved from a range of influences, gradually developing from earlier and decidedly distinct concepts, including ‘idiocy’ and ‘folly’, which were themselves generated by very specific social and intellectual environments. With essays extending across legal, educational, literary, religious, philosophical, and psychiatric histories, this collection maintains a rigorous distinction between historical and contemporary concepts in demonstrating how intellectual disability and related notions were products of the prevailing social, cultural, and intellectual environments in which they took form, and themselves performed important functions within these environments. Focusing on British and European material from the middle ages to the late nineteenth century, this collection asks ‘How and why did these concepts form?’ ‘How did they connect with one another?’ and ‘What historical circumstances contributed to building these connections?’ While the emphasis is on conceptual history or a history of ideas, these essays also address the consequences of these defining forces for the people who found themselves enclosed by the shifting definitional field.

New Zealand’s Maori King movement and its relationship with the British monarchy
Vincent O’Malley

Maori welcome at Rotorua, a prominent tourist spot that was also home to the ‘loyalist’ iwi Te Arawa. 44 When the Duke and Duchess of Cornwall and York (the future King George V and Queen Mary) toured the colony in 1901, the Maori King, Mahuta, was invited to attend the Rotorua ceremony but refused: if he was going to welcome royal visitors then it would be on his own territory, and not that of another

in Crowns and colonies
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Global Britishness and settler cultures in South Africa and New Zealand
Charles V. Reed

Goosen christened the town he founded Prince Alfred’s Hamlet. These examples reflect the ways that royal visitors were appropriated into local mythologies of imperial identity and citizenship. The royal tours also demonstrate that imperial and national identities were mutually dependent rather than exclusive. The nationalist histories of the settlement colonies tend to frame the

in Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860–1911
Prince Alfred’s precedent in overseas British royal tours, c. 1860– 1925
Cindy McCreery

some of Britain’s most promising new trade partners, and gave them a glimpse of ancient empires transforming, albeit unevenly, into modern nations. Visits to the settler colonies emphasised local wealth, but they also resembled precious homecomings, providing opportunities for long-lost kin to meet. 68 In keeping with this emphasis on family, reports often mentioned previous royal visitors or, at least, the monarch

in Royals on tour
Charles V. Reed

empire. Her son Edward was the first Prince of Wales to visit the empire. Her grandson as King George V would become the first reigning monarch to visit the empire. As David Cannadine has argued, the empire lent itself to a monarchy in need of cultural refashioning, and the monarchy in turn gave itself to the empire. 2 Place names, monuments, and royal visitors all commemorated this developing solidarity, through which the

in Royal tourists, colonial subjects and the making of a British world, 1860–1911
Caroline Keen

were by no means the first royal visitors. In exile were Princess Gouramma, daughter of the ex-Raja of Coorg, who was christened at the age of thirteen in the private chapel of Buckingham Palace in 1852 and remained in Britain for the rest of her short life, 2 and Maharaja Duleep Singh, son of Ranjit Singh, the ‘Lion of the Punjab’, who arrived in Britain in 1854 and whose financial challenges led him to Russia and Paris before his death in 1893. 3

in Royals on tour
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Royal Indonesian visits to the Dutch court in the early twentieth century
Susie Protschky

In direct encounters at her own court, Wilhelmina was able to regulate aspects of her engagement with royal visitors from Indonesia. However, there were certain opportunities for the latter to express their status in an Indonesian idiom through the gifts they chose to give the Dutch queen. In portraits especially, Indonesian royals were able to exercise some agency as to how they were represented. The numerous portrait photographs

in Royals on tour
The surviving evidence for Newark-upon-Trent, 1642–46
Stuart B. Jennings

accommodated there for much of the war and often occupied the prime accommodation. In 1603, James I stayed at the castle and was entertained by the town on his progress from Edinburgh to London to be crowned King of England. He further visited the castle in 1612, 1614, 1616 and 1617, while his son Charles I made several visits, both at the start of his reign and during the course of the war. The frequency of these visits suggests that the castle fabric remained in good repair and enjoyed a degree of comfort suitable for a royal visitor.8 By 1640, Newark was predominantly a

in Battle-scarred