These are photographs of the four-month tour of the Middle East in 1862 of the 20-year-old Prince of Wales -- sent off by Queen Victoria and Albert, as both punishment and cure for Bertie's discovery that he could have sex. Before the Prince of Wales set off, Albert died, and Victoria disliked her son and heir even more.
Click the link for more photos of the from the trip in the Guardian photo gallery.
Talking about this article with a friend, her take away was that nobody in the royal family could even sneeze without the Royal Permission, and how stifling and suffocating this had to be.
|1862. Alix and Minnie with their mother Queen Louise of Denmark.|
Thoughts about European clothing of 1862 are prompted naturally by an observation in the article about the Christian (Druze) and Muslim conflicts in Lebanon:
Even the cheapness of English cloth had sharpened resentments between the various groups, enriching the Christian agents of the Manchester houses and impoverishing Muslim weavers – unintended consequences of the Industrial Revolution and globalisation.Now I'm curious as to what happened with the Muslim weavers in the next few years, as this was 1862, and the British factories were soon going to starve as the Union blockade of the Cotton Kingdom's product got more effective. This, in
|Mehmet (Muhammad) Ali of Egypt, who began the large-scale cultivation of cotton in Egypt.|
turn, set off in Egypt, what is still historically called the "cotton boom," to supply the English textile industry. Note: the Egyptian cotton boom was accomplished by slave labor ....