by the Prince & Princess of Wales (King George V & Queen Mary)

timeline of the royal visit to india 1904-5

Initial timeline (in black type) based on the official program in the Tour of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales 1905-06, published prior to the visit by the Government in India, and given to each member of the Royal Party and Royal Household upon arrival in Bombay. I-[i]    


Information is from all available sources to attempt to present the actual timeline / sequence of events for the visit.  Footnotes will identify the sources of the changes.  (Note: If a footnote appears only at the first change or addition on a given day, it applies to all other changes or additions on that day unless otherwise stated.)


Additions, Corrections, & Notes are added in Blue, except for the following major contributors that are in the color shown:


- Programmes of the Ceremonies to be Observed at Visits Between His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Native Chiefs in India 1905-06 are in Purple I-[ii]


References in the Press to the Visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales to India 1905-1906 are in Orange I-[iii]


- Sir Bryan Godfrey-Faussett, "Private Journal: 01 Oct 1905 - 26 Dec 1906" are in Green I-[iv]    


Deletions & Cancellations are in Red.




Sunday, 11th December 1904


Sir Walter Lawrence asked by the Prince of Wales to be the Chief of Staff for the Royal Visit to India in 1905-6. I-[v]    




PORTSMOUTH to GENOA. – The H.M.S. Renown and the H.M.S. Terrible departed Portsmouth on the 8th October 1905.  Captain Campbell in command of the “Terrible”, Commodore Tyrwhitt in command of “Renown”, and Commander Bryan Godfrey-Faussett was the only member of the Royal Household to accompany the two ships to Genoa. I-[vi]     




Sunday, 8th October 1905


0800      “Renown” & “Terrible” sail from Portsmouth. I-[vii]    




Thursday, 12th October 1905 


0800      “Renown” & “Terrible” arrive at Gibraltar.  I-[viii]    


Saturday, 14th October 1905 


1700      “Renown” & “Terrible” depart Gibraltar for Genoa. I-[ix]    




Wednesday, 18th October 1905 


0930      “Renown” & “Terrible” tie up in the harbor at Genoa. I-[x]    


Thursday, 19th October 1905 


0030      Lord & Lady Shaftesbury, Frank Dugdale, and Sir Charles Cust arrive in Genoa by train. I-[xi]    

0930      Two escort ships “Lancaster” & “Suffolk” arrive at Genoa.




LONDON to GENOA. – The Prince and Princess left Victoria Station, London on the 19th October 1905 and traveled overland through Europe to meet up with H.M.S. Renown in Genoa on the 20th October 1905. I-[xii]   


Thursday, 19th October 1905 


1140      Departed Victoria Station I-[xiii]

1325      Arrived Dover

1335      Departed Dover

1445      Arrived Calais

1535      Departed Calais

1905      Arrived Paris (Gare du Nord)

1940      Departed Paris (Gare du Nord)

2015      Arrived Paris (Gare du Lyon)

2105      Departed Paris (Gare du Lyon)

2315      Arrived Laroche

2320      Departed Laroche




Friday, 20th October 1905 


0454      Arrive Culoz I-[xiv]

0457      Depart Culoz

0518      Arrive Aix-les-Bains

0519      Depart Aix-les-Bains

0705      Arrive St. Jean de Marienne

0710      Depart St. Jean de Marienne

0756      Arrive Modane

0915      Depart Modane (Central European    Time)

1227      Arrive Turin

1235      Depart Turin

1645      Arrive Genoa (St. Limbania)


ROYAL HOUSEHOLD. – Members of the Royal Household already in Genoa.




Friday, 20th October 1905 


TBD       Sir Charles Cust, Commodore Tyrwhitt, & Captain Campbell go ashore to meet the Royal Party at the train station. I-[xv]    

1630      Lord & Lady Shaftesbury, Frank Dugdale, and Bryan Godfrey-Faussett board the “Renown”.

1645      Royal Train arrives in Genoa.

1700      Prince & Princess of Wales, Lady Eva Dugdale, Sir Arthur Bigge, Sir Walter Lawrence, and Derek Keppel arrive on board the “Renown”.

TBD       Lord Crichton on board the “Terrible”.

1730      Captain Campbell, Lord & Lady Shaftesbury, Frank Dugdale, and Bryan Godfrey-Faussett return to the “Terrible”.




H.M.S. TERRIBLE – The “Terrible” went from Genoa straight to Suez.  The members of the Royal Party onboard the “Terrible” made a side trip to Cairo, while those on the H.M.S. Renown attended naval exercises put on by the Mediterranean fleet.


Friday, 20th October 1905 


1745      H.M.S. Terrible sails from Genoa harbor. I-[xvi]    


Saturday, 21st October 1905 


ALL        At Sea.

2330      Pass near Stromboli. I-[xvii]    


Sunday, 22nd October 1905 


ALL        At Sea.

TBD       Pass through the Straits of Messina. I-[xviii]    


Monday, 23rd October 1905 


ALL        At Sea.

TBD       Pass Crete. I-[xix]    


Tuesday, 24th October 1905 


1400      H.M.S. Terrible arrives at Port Said. I-[xx]    

1845      Frank Dugdale, Lord Crichton, Jimmy Watson (A.D.C. to Khedive and Pasha), and Bryan Godfrey-Faussett take train with private carriage from Port Said to Cairo. 

2325      Train arrives in Cairo


Wednesday, 25th October 1905 


TBD       Review of Egyptian Troops with Major-General Sir Reginald Wingate. I-[xxi]    

1530      Tour of the Pyramids & Sphinx. I-[xxii]    


Thursday, 26th October 1905 


TBD       Tour Citadel and Mosque. I-[xxiii]    

TBD       Egyptian Museum.

TBD       Cairo Zoo.


Friday, 27th October 1905 


0500      Train to a Fox Hunt. I-[xxiv]    

0700      Return to Cairo.

0830      Back at Hotel.

0930      Breakfast.

TBD       Lord Cromer’s visit at the Hotel.

1245      Steam launch trip on the Nile to Delta Barrage.

TBD       Tour botanical gardens.

1730      Return to Cairo.


Saturday, 28th October 1905 


1200      Train from Cairo to Suez (via Ismailia). I-[xxv]    

1700      Train arrives in Suez.

1800      Frank Dugdale, Lord Crichton, and Bryan Godfrey-Faussett back on the “Terrible”.

1900      “Renown” arrives in Suez.

TBD       Dinner for Royal Party and Household on the “Renown”.


H.M.S. RENOWN – After leaving Genoa the H.M.S. Renown was escorted by the “Lancaster” & “Suffolk” to meet the Mediterranean Fleet, commanded by Admiral Charles Beresford, to observe naval exercises from the 23rd to the 27th of October 1905 arriving at Suez on the 28th.


Friday, 20th October 1905 


1700      Prince & Princess of Wales, Lady Eva Dugdale, Sir Arthur Bigge, Sir Walter Lawrence, and Derek Keppel arrived on board the “Renown”I-[xxvi]  


Saturday, 21st October 1905 


TBD       “Renown” and escort ships “Lancaster” & “Suffolk” sails from Genoa.


Sunday, 22nd October 1905 


ALL        At Sea.


Monday, 23rd October 1905 


ALL        At Sea.


Tuesday, 24th October 1905 


ALL        At Sea.


Wednesday, 25th October 1905 


ALL        At Sea.


Thursday, 26th October 1905 


ALL        At Sea.


Friday, 27th October 1905 


ALL        At Sea.

TBD       “Renown” arrives at Port Said.


Saturday, 28th October 1905 


1900      “Renown” arrives in Suez. I-[xxvii]    

TBD       Dinner for Royal Party and Household on the “Renown” - Their Royal Highnesses, Lord & Lady Shaftesbury, Frank & Lady Eva Dugdale, Sir Arthur Bigge, Sir Walter Lawrence, Charles Cust, Lord Crichton, Derek Keppel, Commodore Tyrwhitt, Captain Campbell, and Bryan Godfrey-Faussett.






Sunday, 29th October 1905 


1000      Their Royal Highnesses, Sir Walter Lawrence, Sir Arthur Bigge, Lady Eva Dugdale, Charles Cust, and Derek Keppel arrive on board the “Terrible”. I-[xxviii]    

TBD       Inspection of the crew by His Royal Highness.

TBD       Presentation of the Officers to H.R.H.

1100      Their Royal Highnesses, Sir Walter Lawrence, Sir Arthur Bigge, Lady Eva Dugdale, Charles Cust, and Derek Keppel return to the “Renown”.

1200      “Renown” & “Terrible” sail from Suez for Bombay.


Monday, 30th October 1905 


ALL        At Sea.

TBD       Bridge Tournament in the Ward Room on the “Terrible”. I-[xxix]    


Tuesday, 31st October 1905 


ALL        At Sea.

TBD       Bridge Tournament in the Ward Room on the “Terrible”. 


Wednesday, 1st November 1905


ALL        At Sea.

TBD       Bridge Tournament in the Ward Room on the “Terrible”. 


Thursday, 2nd November 1905


ALL        At Sea.

TBD       Bridge Tournament in the Ward Room on the “Terrible”. 


Friday, 3rd November 1905


ALL        At Sea.

TBD       Bridge Tournament in the Ward Room on the “Terrible”. I-[xxx]    

1200      Arrive Aden – remain under weigh.

TBD       Governor of Aden lunch with T.R.H.s on the “Renown”.

TBD       “Fox” and “Proserpine” cruisers join as escorts from Aden to Bombay.

1630      Depart Aden


Saturday, 4th November 1905


ALL        At Sea.

TBD       Bridge Tournament in the Ward Room on the “Terrible”. I-[xxxi]    


Sunday, 5th November 1905


ALL        At Sea.

TBD       Church Service. I-[xxxii]    

TBD       Holy Communion Service.


Monday, 6th November 1905


ALL        At Sea.

TBD       Dinner for members of the Royal Party on the “Terrible” in the Ward Room. I-[xxxiii]    

TBD       Dance on deck.


Tuesday, 7th November 1905


ALL        At Sea.

TBD       Ships entertainment – singing on the Quarter Deck. I-[xxxiv]    


Wednesday, 8th November 1905


ALL        At Sea.


Thursday, 9th November 1905


TBD       Arrive of the coast of Bombay – remain 15 miles out until 1030. I-[xxxv]    

1030      “Renown” & “Terrible” proceed to appointed place and anchor about 1-½ miles out.




Thursday, 9th November 1905


1200      HMS Renown will anchor in Bombay Harbor, and His Excellency the Naval Commander-in-Chief (Admiral Poe) will go on board.  

1520      Members of the H.R.H.’s Staff landed. I-[xxxvi]   

1530      His Excellency the Viceroy (Lord Curzon) and Staff will go on board.

1545      His Excellency the Governor (Lord Lamington) and Staff, the Members of Council and the Chief Justice will go on board. 

1600      Land at Bunder.  Presentation of the Chiefs.  Municipal Address and Reply to Municipal Address.

1730      Drive in State through part of the Native City to Government House, where His Royal Highness will be received on alighting by His Excellency the Governor.

2015      Dinner at Government House.  (40 people including Lord & Lady Curzon, Lord Lamington, and Lady Ampthill - filling in as hostess as Lady Lamington is in England.) I-[xxxvii]   


Friday, 10th November 1905


1030      Receive visits of the: Maharaja of Kolhapur. (19 Guns) I-[xxxviii]

1045      Rao of Cutch.  (17 Guns)

1100      Nawab of Junagadh.  (11 Guns)

1115      Jam of Navanagar.  (11 Guns)

1130      Thakur Sahib of Bhavnagar.  (11 Guns)

1145      Raja Sahib of Dhrangadhra.  (11 Guns)

1200      Raja of Rajpipla.  (11 Guns)

1215      Nawab of Cambay.  (11 Guns)

1230      Rana of Porbandar.  (11 Guns)

1245      Thakur Sahib of Gondal.  (11 Guns)

1630      Ceremonial drive through bazaars.  Open new street en route.

2000      Banquet (at which certain Native Chiefs will be present) followed by Levee at Secretariat.  

2000      Her Royal Highness the Princess will hold Purdah Party at Government House.


Saturday, 11th November 1905


1000      Return visits of the: Maharaja of Kolhapur

1025      Rana of Porbandar

1050      Nawab of Cambay

1115      Raja Sahib of Dhrangadhra

1140      Thakur Sahib of Bhavnagar

1630      Lay the foundation stone of the Museum.  Visit Dockyard and Flagship (H.M.S. Hyacinth). I-[xxxix]

2000      Banquet at which some Native Notables will be present (101 people) followed by reception first of Native Chiefs and then general reception.  (2-3,000 people)


Sunday, 12th November 1905


1800      Divine Service at the Cathedral.


Monday, 13th November 1905


1000      Return visits of the: Raja of Rajpipla.

1020      Nawab of Junagadh.

1050      Rao of Cutch.

1110      Jam of Navanagar.

1140      Thakur Sahib of Gondal I-[xl]

1630      Lay foundation stone of New Dock, and call at the Yacht Club.


Tuesday, 14th November 1905


1030      Interviews and receptions of minor Chiefs:


- Raja of Dharampur

- Raja of Bansda

- Raja of Bariya

- Raja of Sunth

- Sar Desai of Savantvadi

- Raj Saheb of Vankaner

- Thakur Saheb of Wadhwan.

Collectively: Raja of Jawhar, Chief of Mudhol, Chief of Miraj (senior), Chief of Jamakhandi, Chief of Kurundvad (senior), Chief of Ramdurg, two Chiefs of Kurundvad (junior), Pant Sachiv of Bhor, Chief of Phaltan, and the Chief of Mansa.

TBD       Group photo with T.R.H.s and Lord Lamington’s Suite I-[xli]

TBD       Drive through Children’s Fete to landing stage and by Stream Launch to Elephanta Caves.

TBD       Diner Party onboard the “Renown”. (36 people) I-[xlii]

TBD       Observe illuminations from the “Renown”.

2130      Land to go to Rail Station

2230      Private departure.




Wednesday, 15th November 1905


1330      Change into metre gauge train at Butlam. I-[xliii]

1700      Public arrival.

1800      Ceremony of Mizaj-Pursi. I-[xliv]


Thursday, 16th November 1905


1100      Receive Visit of the Maharaja Dhiraj Holkar of Indore. I-[xlv]

TBD       Begum of Bhopal and Raja of Sailana rehearsal for investiture. I-[xlvi]

1620      Prince of Wales escorted from the Residency to the Maharaja's residence. I-[xlvii]

1630      Return Visit to the Maharaja Dhiraj Holkar of Indore.

1730      Durbar for remaining Chiefs, Thakurs and Native Gentlemen.

2030      Banquet (100 people) at the Residency followed by reception, at which the Begum of Bhopal (G.C.I.E.) and the Raja of Sailana (K.C.I.E.) will be invested with the Insignia of the Indian Empire. I-[xlviii]


Friday, 17th November 1905


1000      Return the visit of the Maharaja Dhiraj Holkar.

1100      Return the visits of: Maharaja of Rewa.

1125      Maharaja of Orchha.

1150      Maharaja of Datia.

1215      Raja of Dewas.

1530      Inspection of the Bhopal Victoria Lancers.

1830      Private departure.

2000      1 Hour Stop: Dinner in the train. I-[xlix]




Saturday, 18th November 1905


0730      Tea and Dress for arrival on the Train. I-[l]

0830      Public arrival.

1200      Receive the visit of the Maharana of Udaipur.

1230      Return the visit of the Maharana of Udaipur.

2030      Banquet at the Palace.


Sunday, 19th November 1905


1100      Devine service.

1530      Boating on the Lake.


Monday, 20th November 1905


0930      Shooting and sightseeing. I-[li]

TBD       Tea at the Residency.

1830      Private departure.




Tuesday, 21st November 1905


0830      Public arrival.

TBD       Drive to the Residency. I-[lii]

1130      Receive the visit of the Maharaja of Jaipur.

1230      Return the visit of the Maharaja of Jaipur.  Visit Museum.

1530      Presentation of Address by the Ajmer Municipality.

1600      Duck and Black Buck shooting at Khatipura.

TBD       Dinner at the Residency.


Wednesday, 22nd November 1905


TBD       Pig Sticking. I-[liii]

1000      Breakfast.

TBD       H.R.H., General Beatson, and General Pratap Singh on Tiger hunt. (Prince’s first Tiger)

2030      Banquet in the Palace. (80 people)


Thursday, 23rd November 1905


TBD       Pig Sticking. I-[liv]

1200      Special Train for Tiger shoot.

1230      Tiger shoot. (No Tiger)

1600      Inspect the Imperial Service Transport Corps.

1800      Private departure.

2000      1 Hour Stop: Dinner in the train at Sambhar.




Friday, 24th November 1905


0830      Public arrival.

1130      Receive the visit of the Maharaja of Bikanir.

1230      Return the visit of the Maharaja of Bikanir.

TBD       Motor to Gajner. (20 miles) I-[lv]




Saturday, 25th November 1905


0715      Imperial Sand Grouse shoot at the Tanks at Gajner. I-[lvi]

1100      Breakfast.

TBD       H.R.H. and Maharaja Chikara shoot.

TBD       Pig Sticking.


Sunday, 26th November 1905


TBD       Devine service.

TBD       Mail Delivery.  I-[lvii]

1700      Feeding of Wild Pigs.

1730      Camel rides for members of the Royal Party.


Monday, 27th November 1905


0715      Imperial Sand Grouse shoot at the Tank at Gajner. I-[lviii]

1530      Return by motor to Bikanir.




TBD       Tour for H.R.H. and Staff of the Palace and Armory. I-[lix]

TBD       Banquet at Palace. (Not attended, the Prince was sick)

TBD       Quite dinner: T.R.H.s, Staff, and Maharaja

2140      Carriage Ride to the Station.

2230      Private departure.




Tuesday, 28th November 1905


0940      Change into the Royal Train at Bhatinda. I-[lx]

1500      Public arrival.

TBD       Drive to Government House. The Punjab Chiefs and Darbaris will be assembled near the Fort. (80 Punjab Darbaris)

TBD       Presentation of Municipal Address en route at Town Hall. 

2000      State Banquet.

2145      General reception (Durbar) at Montgomery Hall. (300 men total)


Wednesday, 29th November 1905


1100      Receive visits of: Maharaja of Patiala.

1115      Nawab of Bahawalpur.

1130      Raja of Jind.

1145      Raja of Nabha.

1200      Raja of Kapurthala.

1215      Raja of Mandi.

1230      Regent of Maler Kotla.

1245      Raja of Faridkot.

1300      Raja of Chamba.

1315      Raja of Suket.

TBD       Visit Dufferin Hospital.

TBD       After dinner illuminations of Shahlimar Gardens.


Thursday, 30th November 1905


1115      Return visits of: Maharaja of Patiala.

1130      Nawab of Bahawalpur.

1145      Raja of Nabha.

1200      Raja of Jind

1415      Raja of Kapurthala.

1430      Raja of Mandi.

1445      Raja of Faridkot.

1600      H. R. H. the Prince will visit the Aitchison College

1600      H. R. H. the Princess will attend a Purdah Party.

2145      Ball at Montgomery Hall. (800-900 people) I-[lxi]


Friday, 1st December 1905


1000      Parade at Mian Mir of Imperial Service Troops from Patiala, Bahawalpur, Jind, Nabba, Kapurthala, Sirmur, Maler Kotla, and Faridkot. (117 Officers, 3,515 NCOs and Men)I-[lxii]

1100      Open University Hall.

TBD       Visit Fort.

1600      Garden Party. (600 people)

2230      Private departure. (Dugdales, Cust, and Godfrey-Fausset remained)




Saturday, 2nd December 1905


1000      Public arrival.

TBD       Receive Address from Municipal Committee and Raises of the Province.

1600      Garden Party.

2000      Banquet.

2145      Reception.


Sunday, 3rd December 1905


1030      Dugdale, Cust, and Godfrey-Fausset take train from Lahore for Amritsar. I-[lxiii]

1100      Divine Service.

1230      Dugdale, Cust, and Godfrey-Fausset arrive Amritsar.

TBD       Dugdale, Cust, and Godfrey-Fausset tour Golden Temple and surrounds.

TBD       Drive with General Officer Commanding Division through Cantonments.

1640      Dugdale, Cust, and Godfrey-Fausset take train from Amritsar to Lahore.

2100      Dugdale, Cust, and Godfrey-Fausset arrive at Lahore.      


Monday, 4th December 1905


0945      Drive to Landi Kotal.

1300      Arrive Landi Kotal.

1300      Cust and Godfrey-Fausset take train from Lahore to Jellundur. I-[lxiv]

TBD       Dugdales take train from Lahore to Rawal Pindi.

1500      Leave Landi Kotal.

1530      Cust and Godfrey-Fausset arrive Jellundur.

1540      Cust and Godfrey-Fausset 11 mile horse ride from Jellundur to Kapurthala.

1600      Halt at Ali Masjid for introduction of Khans.

1730      Arrive Peshawar.


Tuesday, 5th December 1905


0034      Private Departure




Wednesday, 6th December 1905


TBD       H. R. H. the Princess continues journey to Lord Kitchener’s Camp, Rawalpindi.

TBD       H. R. H. the Prince attends Maneuvers.

0800      Cust and Godfrey-Fausset shoot on elephants. (13 miles from Kapurthala)  I-[lxv]




Thursday, 7th December 1905


TBD       H. R. H. the Prince attends Maneuvers.




Friday, 8th December 1905

1330      H. R. H. the Prince arrives Lord Kitchener’s Camp.

1400      Cust and Godfrey-Fausset motor to Jellundur. I-[lxvi]

1525      Cust and Godfrey-Fausset take train from Jellundur to Rajpura.

1600      Garden Party.

1800      Cust and Godfrey-Fausset arrive Rajpura.

1823      Cust and Godfrey-Fausset carriage to Patiala. (17 miles)

1940      Cust and Godfrey-Fausset arrive Patiala.

TBD       Four Officers from the “Renown” join Cust and Godfrey-Faussett in Patiala. (Kelburne, Fullerton, Wilson, & Oliphant)

2000      Banquet.

TBD       Final Review of troops.

TBD       Visit different Camps.

TBD       Banquet.

TBD       Military Tatoo.

2230      Private departure.




Saturday, 9th December 1905


0830      Public arrival.

1130      Receive the visit of the Maharaja.

1230      Return the visit of the Maharaja.

1600      Exhibition of Lama Dancers.

2000      Banquet.

TBD       Dugdales arrive in Patiala from Rawal Pindi. I-[lxvii]


Sunday, 10th December 1905


0800      Godfrey-Faussett, Kelburne, Fullerton, Wilson, & Oliphant go Pig Sticking in Patiala. I-[lxviii]

1100      Divine Service

1700      Godfrey-Faussett, Kelburne, Oliphant play Polo with Maharajah’s men.

2145      Cust and Godfrey-Fausset take train from Patiala to Jahhal.

2230      Private departure




Monday, 11th December 1905


TBD       Cust and Godfrey-Fausset arrive Jahhal. I-[lxix]

0815      Cust and Godfrey-Fausset take ‘special’ train from Jahhal to Delhi via Jindh.

0830      Private arrival.

1130      Visit Khalsa College.

TBD       Drive to Golden Temple.

1400      Cust and Godfrey-Fausset arrive Delhi.

1630      Visit Ram Bagh.

2000      Dinner in the train.

2200      Private departure.




Tuesday, 12th December 1905


1000         Public arrival. I-[lxx]

TBD       Drive to Circuit House.

TBD       Presentation of Municipal Address at Town Hall.

TBD       Visit Fort and Jama Musjid.


Wednesday, 13th December 1905


1115      Receive visit of: Raja of Sirmur.

1200      Return visit to the Raja of Sirmur. I-[lxxi]

1530      Visit Ridge and other sights in Delhi.

1945      State Banquet.

2200      Reception for Native Dignitaries and Officers.


Thursday, 14th December 1905


1030      Motor to Humayun’s Tomb.

1200      Motor to Kutab Minar for lunch. I-[lxxii]

1600      Return to Delhi via Safdar Jang’s Tomb.


Friday, 15th December 1905


1100      Return visit of the Raja of Sirmur.

1530      Drive to Durbar Amphitheatre and    Rushanara Gardens.

2130      Drive to the train station, and board the Royal Train. I-[lxxiii]


Saturday, 16th December 1905


0300      Private departure.




Saturday, 16th December 1905


0930      Public arrival. I-[lxxiv]

TBD       Municipal Address.

1600      Garden Party at Secundra Gardens.

2000      Dinner Party. (60 people)

2030      Visit the Taj Mahal in moonlight.


Sunday, 17th December 1905


1100      Divine Service.

TBD       Visit the Taj Mahal. I-[lxxv]

1500      Visit Itmad-ud-Daulah’s Tomb.

TBD       Visit the Taj Mahal for sunset.


Monday, 18th December 1905


0600      Visit the Taj Mahal for sunrise.  I-[lxxvi]

1000      Visit Fort.

1600      Unveiling of the Statue of the late Queen-Empress.

2000      Banquet (25 people) followed by General Reception (300-400 people).


Tuesday, 19th December 1905


1000      Motor to Fatehpur-Sikri. (23 miles – 1 hour) I-[lxxvii]




1100      Arrive Fatehpur-Sikri.

1600      Return by motor to Agra.

1700      Tea or last trip to the Taj Mahal.

2300      Private departure.




Wednesday, 20th December 1905


0725      Train stops at Bemore for breakfast and dressing. I-[lxxviii]

0925      Depart Bemore for Morar Station.

1015      Arrive Morar Station, Gwalior: H.H. the Maharaja of Gwalior comes on board the Train.

1030      Public arrival.

TBD       Elephant ride to the Palace.  (1-½ miles – 30 minutes)

1255      Prince of Wales received by the Maharaja in the south verandah of the Palace. I-[lxxix]

1300      Durbar in the Palace.

1700      Opening of the Victoria Memorial Market.

TBD       Fireworks. I-77


Thursday, 21st December 1905


1000      Review Imperial Service and other troops. (4,807 Troops) I-[lxxx]

TBD       H.R.H. distributes medals.

TBD       Military maneuvers and mock fight.

1600      Military Sports.

2000      State Banquet.


Friday, 22nd December 1905


1030      Motor to Pannihar Camp. (20 miles on Sipri Road) I-[lxxxi]

TBD       Tiger Shoot. (Hunting)

1630      Late lunch.

TBD       Motor back to Gwalior.


Saturday, 23rd December 1905


TBD       H.R.H and H.H. Tiger Shoot. (Hunting) I-[lxxxii]

1200      Special Train and Horses to Maharajah’s ‘bungalow shooting box’.

TBD       Lunch.

1400      Blackbuck Shoot.

TBD       Dinner at the Palace.


Sunday, 24th December 1905


1100      Divine Service.

TBD       Display of Maharaja’s Jewels in the    Durbar Hall.  I-[lxxxiii]

1530      Visit Fort.

1700      Observe the Maharaja’s four Lions.

TBD       Dinner in the Palace.

TBD       Concert in the Guest House.


Monday, 25th December 1905 (Christmas Day) I-[lxxxiv]


TBD       Breakfast.

TBD       Royal Party exchanges Christmas presents.

TBD       Motor to Cantonment Church in Morar. (6 miles away)

1100      Divine Service in Morar by Bishop of Nagpur. 

TBD       Motor out 20 miles, and walk 2 to Machoun for Shoot.

TBD       Princess of Wales’ Christmas Party for Native Children in the Durbar Hall

TBD       Tiger Shoot. (Hunting)

TBD       Dinner.

2330      Private departure.




Tuesday, 26th December 1905


0930      Public arrival. I-[lxxxv]

TBD       Municipal Address.

1200      Receive visits of: Nawab of Rampur.

1215      Raja of Tehri.

TBD       H.R.H. accompanied by the Princess of Wales will lay the foundation stone of the medical college.

1600      Visit Residency where (about 30) Mutiny Veterans will be presented.

TBD       Princess lays a wreath on the grave of Sir Henry Lawrence.

2145      Entertainment and illuminations, given by Talukdars of Oudh at the Kaiser Bagh.

TBD       Talukdars presented to H.R.H. by Maharaja Sir Partab Narain Singh, K.C.I.E.

TBD       Fireworks.


Wednesday, 27th December 1905


TBD       Select Native Chiefs call on H.R.H. I-[lxxxvi]

1130      Public Durbar to receive visits from Talukdars of Oudh. I-[lxxxvii]

1230      Return Nawab of Rampurs visit.

1600      Garden Party at Hosainabad.

2000      State Dinner at the Chutter Munzil    followed by Levee. (92 people).


Thursday, 28th December 1905


TBD       Drive around Cantonments with General Officer Commanding, 8th Division.

1300      Private departure. I-[lxxxviii]




Friday, 29th December 1905


1500      Train arrives at Calcutta.  I-[lxxxix]

TBD       Cross the Hugli on the Steamer “Howrah”.

1520*   Public arrival at Prinsep’s Ghat.

TBD       Municipal Address.

TBD       Presentation of jeweled necklace to the Princess by the ‘Corporation’.

2130      Levee

2140      Receiving Line (2,220 People in the receiving line)

2320      Levee ends.


* Standard Time


Saturday, 30th December 1905


TBD       Polo match between Imperial Cadet Corps and Calcutta. I-[xc]

TBD       Presentation of Colors to the King’s Own Royal Lancaster Regiment.

1500      Races. (Prince of Wales’ Cup)

2000      Dine with the Lieutenant-Governor at Belvedere. (30-36 People)

2300      Return to Government House.


Sunday, 31st December 1905


1030      Divine Service at the Cathedral.

1200      Proceed to Barrackpore.

1600      Return from Barrackpore.


I-[i] Government of India, Tour of His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales 1905-06, (Calcutta: Thacker, Spink, and Co., 1905), 187 pages, plus maps…

I-[ii] Foreign Department of the Government of India, Programmes of the Ceremonies to be Observed at Visits Between His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Native Chiefs in India 1905-06, (Simla: Foreign Department, 7 November 1905), 132 pages.

I-[iii] Foreign Department of the Government of India, References in the Press to the Visit of Their Royal Highnesses The Prince and Princess of Wales to India 1905-1906, (Calcutta: Office of the Superintendent of Government Printing, 1907), 850 pages.

I-[iv] Sir Bryan Godfrey-Faussett, "Private Journal: 1 Oct 1905 - 26 Dec 1905", (Cambridge: Churchill Archives Centre), "The Papers of Sir Bryan Godfrey-Faussett", BGGF 1/55, 2 – 7 October 1905.

I-[v] Walter Roper Lawrence, The India We Served, (London: Cassell and Company, 1929), 256.

I-[vi] BGGF 1/55, 2 – 7 October 1905.

I-[vii] BGGF 1/55, 2 – 7 October 1905.

I-[viii] BGGF 1/55, 4 – 12 October 1905.

I-[ix] BGGF 1/55, 5 – 14 October 1905.

I-[x] BGGF 1/55, 5 – 18 October 1905.

I-[xi] BGGF 1/55, 6 – 19 October 1905.

I-[xii] Daily Telegraph, (London, 20 October 1905) in Foreign Department of the Government of India, References in the press to the visit of Their Royal Highnesses the Prince and Princess of Wales to India, 1905-1906, (Calcutta: Office of the Supt. of Govt. Print, 1907), 113.  

I-[xiii] Daily Telegraph, (London, 20 October 1905) in Foreign Department of the Government of India... 113.  

I-[xiv] Daily Telegraph, (London, 20 October 1905) in Foreign Department of the Government of India... 113.  

I-[xv] BGGF 1/55, 6 – 20 October 1905.

I-[xvi] BGGF 1/55, 6 – 20 October 1905.

I-[xvii] BGGF 1/55, 6 – 21 October 1905.

I-[xviii] BGGF 1/55, 7 – 22 October 1905.

I-[xix] BGGF 1/55, 7 – 23 October 1905.

I-[xx] BGGF 1/55, 7 – 24 October 1905.

I-[xxi] BGGF 1/55, 7 – 25 October 1905.

I-[xxii] BGGF 1/55, 8 – 25 October 1905.

I-[xxiii] BGGF 1/55, 8 – 26 October 1905.

I-[xxiv] BGGF 1/55, 9 – 27 October 1905.

I-[xxv] BGGF 1/55, 10 – 28 October 1905.

I-[xxvi] BGGF 1/55, 6 – 20 October 1905.

I-[xxvii] BGGF 1/55, 10 – 28 October 1905.

I-[xxviii] BGGF 1/55, 10 – 29 October 1905.

I-[xxix] BGGF 1/55, 11 – 30 October 1905.

I-[xxx] BGGF 1/55, 11 – 3 November 1905.

I-[xxxi] BGGF 1/55, 11 – 4 November 1905.

I-[xxxii] BGGF 1/55, 12 – 5 November 1905.

I-[xxxiii] BGGF 1/55, 12 – 6 November 1905.

I-[xxxiv] BGGF 1/55, 12 – 7 November 1905.

I-[xxxv] BGGF 1/55, 12 – 9 November 1905.

I-[xxxvi] BGGF 1/55, 12 – 9 November 1905.

I-[xxxvii] BGGF 1/55, 13 – 9 November 1905.

I-[xxxviii] Stanley Reed, The Royal Tour in India of T.R.H. the Prince & Princess of Wales 1905-6: Deluxe Edition, (Bombay: Bennett, Coleman, & Co, 1906), 513.

I-[xxxix] BGGF 1/55, 15 – 12 November 1905.

I-[xl] BGGF 1/55, 16 – 13 November 1905.

I-[xli] BGGF 1/55, 16 – 14 November 1905.

I-[xlii] BGGF 1/55, 17 – 15 November 1905.

I-[xliii] BGGF 1/55, 17 – 16 November 1905.

I-[xliv] Foreign Department of the Government of India, Programmes of the Ceremonies to be Observed at Visits Between His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales and Native Chiefs in India 1905-06, (Simla: Foreign Department, 7 November 1905), 24.

I-[xlv] Foreign Department of the Government of India, Programmes of the Ceremonies... 25.

I-[xlvi] BGGF 1/55, 19 – 16 November 1905.

I-[xlvii] Foreign Department of the Government of India, Programmes of the Ceremonies... 26.

I-[xlviii] BGGF 1/55, 19 – 16-17 November 1905.

I-[xlix] BGGF 1/55, 21 – 17 November 1905.

I-[l] BGGF 1/55, 22-24 – 18 November 1905.

I-[li] BGGF 1/55, 25-26 – 20 November 1905.

I-[lii] BGGF 1/55, 22-24 – 18 November 1905.

I-[liii] BGGF 1/55, 28-29 – 22 November 1905.

I-[liv] BGGF 1/55, 30-31 – 23 November 1905.

I-[lv] BGGF 1/55, 31 – 24 November 1905.

I-[lvi] BGGF 1/55, 32-34 – 25-26 November 1905.

I-[lvii] BGGF 1/55, 34 – 26 November 1905.

I-[lviii] BGGF 1/55, 34 – 27 November 1905.

I-[lix] BGGF 1/55, 35-37 – 27 November 1905.

I-[lx] BGGF 1/55, 37-38 – 28 November 1905.

I-[lxi] BGGF 1/55, 41 – 30 November 1905.

I-[lxii] BGGF 1/55, 41-42 – 1 December 1905.

I-[lxiii] BGGF 1/55, 42-44 – 3 December 1905.

I-[lxiv] BGGF 1/55, 44 – 4 December 1905.

I-[lxv] BGGF 1/55, 45 – 6 December 1905.

I-[lxvi] BGGF 1/55, 47 – 8 December 1905.

I-[lxvii] BGGF 1/55, 48 – 9 December 1905.

I-[lxviii] BGGF 1/55, 49-50 – 10 December 1905.

I-[lxix] BGGF 1/55, 50 – 11 December 1905.

I-[lxx] BGGF 1/55, 51– 12 December 1905.

I-[lxxi] BGGF 1/55, 52– 13 December 1905.

I-[lxxii] BGGF 1/55, 53 – 14 December 1905.

I-[lxxiii] BGGF 1/55, 54 – 15 December 1905.

I-[lxxiv] BGGF 1/55, 55 – 16 December 1905.

I-[lxxv] BGGF 1/55, 55 – 17 December 1905.

I-[lxxvi] BGGF 1/55, 56-57 – 18 December 1905.

I-[lxxvii] BGGF 1/55, 57 – 19 December 1905.

I-[lxxviii] BGGF 1/55, 58 – 20 December 1905.

I-[lxxix] Foreign Department of the Government of India, Programmes of the Ceremonies... 79.

I-[lxxx] BGGF 1/55, 59 – 20 December 1905.

I-[lxxxi] BGGF 1/55, 60 – 21 December 1905.

I-[lxxxii] BGGF 1/55, 61-62 – 23 December 1905.

I-[lxxxiii] BGGF 1/55, 62 – 24 December 1905.

I-[lxxxiv] BGGF 1/55, 62-64 – 25 December 1905.

I-[lxxxv] BGGF 1/55, 64-65 – 26 December 1905.

I-[lxxxvi] BGGF 1/55, 65 – 27 December 1905.

I-[lxxxvii] Foreign Department of the Government of India, Programmes of the Ceremonies... 86.

I-[lxxxviii] BGGF 1/55, 65 – 28 December 1905.

I-[lxxxix] BGGF 1/55, 65 – 29 December 1905.

I-[xc] BGGF 1/55, 66-67 – 30 December 1905.

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