The Prince of Wales at Portsmouth, 1876.
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Plate taken from the 'Illustrated London News'. The Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII (1841-1910), undertook a grand tour in 1875-1876 to the eastern reaches of the growing British Empire. Departing on October 11, 1875, he visited India and Ceylon, Egypt and Gibraltar, and, more briefly, Spain and Portugal. The visit was in preparation for Queen Victoria (1819-1901) to become Empres of India in 1877. The Illustrated London News which published a special isue entitled "The Welcome Home Number," published shortly after the specially outfitted naval vesel 'Serapis' entered Portsmouth Harbor at the end of the voyage in the afternoon of May 11, 1876.