Royals on tour

Politics, pageantry and colonialism

Edited by Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery

Royals on tour


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-5261-0940-8
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: May 2018
  • BIC Category: Humanities / Colonialism & imperialism, Humanities / General & world history, HISTORY / General, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Colonialism & Post-Colonialism, Colonialism & imperialism, General & world history, History, Modern History
  • Series: Studies in Imperialism


Royals on Tour explores visits by European monarchs and princes to colonies, and by indigenous royals to Europe in the 1800s and early 1900s with case studies of travel by royals from Britain, France, Portugal, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, the Dutch East Indies and French Indochina. Such tours projected imperial dominion and asserted the status of non-European dynasties. The celebrity of royals, the increased facility of travel, and the interest of public and press made tours key encounters between Europeans and non-Europeans. The reception visitors received illustrate the dynamics of empire and international relations. Ceremonies, speeches and meetings formed part of the popular culture of empire and monarchy. Mixed in with pageantry and protocol were profound questions about the role of monarchs, imperial governance, relationships between metropolitan and overseas elites, and evolving expressions of nationalism.


1. Empire Tours: Royal travel between colonies and metropoles - Robert Aldrich and Cindy McCreery
2. Royal tour by proxy: The embassy of Sultan Alauddin of Aceh to the Netherlands, 1601-1603 - Jean Gelman Taylor
3. French imperial tours: Napoléon III and Eugénie in Algeria and beyond - Robert Aldrich
4. Something borrowed, something blue: Prince Alfred's precedent in overseas British royal tours, c.1860-1925 - Cindy McCreery
5. Royalty, loyalism, and citizenship in the late nineteenth-century British settler empire - Charles V. Reed
6. The Maharaja of Gondal in Europe in 1883 - Caroline Keen
7. Performing monarchy: The Kaiser and Kaiserin's voyage to the Levant, 1898 - Matthew P. Fitzpatrick
8. Colonial kings in the metropole: The visits to France of King Sisowath (1906) and Emperor Khai Dinh (1922) - Robert Aldrich
9. Tensions of empire and monarchy: The African tour of the Portuguese crown prince in 1907 - Filipa Lowndes Vicente and Inês Vieira Gomes
10. Belgian royals on tour in the Congo (1909-1960) - Guy Vanthemsche
11. Royal symbolism: Crown Prince Hirohito's tour to Europe in 1921 - Elise K. Tipton
12. The Throne behind the Power? Royal tours of 'Africa Italiana' under fascism - Mark Seymour
13. Strained encounters: Royal Indonesian visits to the Dutch court in the early twentieth century - Susie Protschky
14. The 1947 royal tour in Smuts' Raj: South African Indian responses - Hilary Sapire


Robert Aldrich is Professor of European History at The University of Sydney

Cindy McCreery is Senior Lecturer in History at The University of Sydney

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