Cairo to Constantinople at The Queen's Gallery

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Prince of Wales and party among ruins in Karnak, Thebes, Egypt. Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2013


See historic photographs of The Prince of Wales' 1862 tour of the Middle East exhibited at Buckingham Palace.

In 1862, The Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) was sent on an educational tour of the Middle East, accompanied by Francis Bedford, a well-known British photographer. This display, at The Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace, documents their four month journey using Bedford’s remarkable images to tell the story of their adventure. 

Bedford was the first photographer to travel on a royal tour. His resulting work explores the cultural and political significance that Victorian Britain attached to that part of the world. The pair travelled through Egypt, Palestine and the Holy Land, Syria, Turkey and Greece where they encountered all the leaders and notable figures of the day. This vivid exhibition brings their historical trip to life.

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