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Royal visits to Liverpool

Online exhibition

Liverpool's connection with royalty goes back to 1207 when King John granted a Charter to the Port and Borough of Liverpool. This online exhibition from the Maritime Archives and Library| celebrates this royal link with our maritime history.

Click on each thumbnail below to see items from the collection related to past royal visits.

Prince Albert carried out the official opening of the Albert Dock in the afternoon of 30 July 1846 and later in the day laid the foundation stone for the Liverpool Sailors Home. Read a full transcript of the programme of proceedings on the page below.  Reference: DX/907 (cover) Prince Albert carried out the official opening of the Albert Dock in the afternoon of 30 July 1846 and later in the day laid the foundation stone for the Liverpool Sailors Home. Read a full transcript of the programme of proceedings on the page below.  Reference: DX/907 (page 1) Prince Albert carried out the official opening of the Albert Dock in the afternoon of 30 July 1846 and later in the day laid the foundation stone for the Liverpool Sailors Home. Read a full transcript of the programme of proceedings on the page below.  Reference: DX/907 (page 2) Queen Victoria visited Liverpool in 1886 to open The International Exhibition of Navigation, Travel, Commerce. Despite pouring rain and high winds she travelled in an open carriage from St George's Hall to the exhibition accompanied by her son the Duke of Connaught and her daughter Princess Beatrice. Reference: DX/287 (Illustrated London News) On 12 May 1886 Queen Victoria made a private visit to the Seamen's Orphanage. The following day the Daily Post reported 'The Queen entered the board-room, and inserted her name in a special page in the Visitor's Book, the name 'Victoria' being written in finely-modelled characters'. The other signatures are Beatrice, Arthur, Lady Southampton, David Radcliffe, Lynedoch Gardner, Arthur Biggs, Henry Ponsonby and Algernon Egerton. Reference: D/SO/19/1 At the end of October 1865 the Prince and Princess of Wales arrived in Liverpool as guests of the Earl of Derby, visiting the landing stage before taking an excursion on the River Mersey. Reference: DX/143 (Daily Graphic) "> At the end of October 1865 when the Prince and Princess of Wales arrived in Liverpool as guests of the Earl of Derby, they took an excursion on the River Mersey onboard the steamer 'Woodside' accompanied by two small steamers of the New Ferry Company, 'Sylph' and 'Sprite'. Reference: DX/143 (Daily Graphic) " width="115" height="115" /> King George V and Queen Mary arriving for the opening ceremony at Gladstone Dock on the Royal Yacht Galatea, 19 July 1927. Accession number 1980-592 (MDHB/Opening of Gladstone Dock) Invitation to the opening of the Waterloo river entrance lock by Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth, Duchess Of Edinburgh accompanied by His Royal Highness The Duke Of Edinburgh. Tuesday 29 March 1949. Read a full transcript on the page below. Reference: MDHB/PR/2

Transcripts

Programme of the Proceedings on the occasion of the visit of His Royal Highness The Prince Albert

Shown in the first image in the gallery above.

Thursday 30th July 1846

The Royal Highness will arrive at the Railway station in Lime Street at half past eleven o'clock.

He will there be received by the Mayor and conducted to the Judges House in Saint Anne street.

From the Judges House His Royal Highness will proceed to the Town Hall where he will be received by the Mayor and Council and an address from the Mayor Aldermen and Burgesses will be presented.

From the Town Hall His Royal Highness will proceed to the Egremont Ship where he will embark on board the Fairy Tender to the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert after surveying the Docks and will enter the Albert Dock by the North Entrance. His Royal Highness will disembark on the East side of the Dock and be conducted by the Chairman and members of the Dock Committee into one of the Warehouse Rooms where he will partake of a Déjeuner after which he will leave the warehouse by the South East Gate and proceed to the Judges House in Saint Anne Street.

Shortly before 8 o'clock His Royal Highness will proceed from the Judges House to the Town Hall where he will honor the Mayor and the Council by dining with them.

He will afterwards return to the Judges House where His Royal Highness will pass the night.

In the Evening there will be a grand display of fireworks in the fields near to Berkeley Street at the South end of the town.

Friday 31st July 1846

At eleven o'clock am His Royal Highness accompanied by the Mayor the Magistrates of the Borough the Council and a procession of trades and societies will proceed by the route of St Anne Street and line the streets to Mount Pleasant up Mount Pleasant to Abercrombie Square along the West side of that Square and Bedford street down Faulkner Street to Catherine Street down Canning street to Hope Street down Sandon Terrace to Rodney Street down Leece Street, Bold Street, Church Street, Lord Street and South John Street to the site of the Sailors home where His Royal Highness will lay the first stone of that Building; when this ceremony is concluded His Royal Highness will proceed to the Judges House and at 20 minutes before four o'clock from thence to the Railway Station in Lime Street and depart for London.

Invitation to the opening of the Waterloo river entrance lock, 29 March 1949

The Chairman of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board requests the pleasure of the company of... on board the MV 'Ulster Prince' (by courtesy of Sir Alfred H Read, Chairman of Coast Lines Ltd) on the morning of TUESDAY, the 29th MARCH, 1949 at 9-15 am on the occasion of the opening of the WATERLOO RIVER ENTRANCE LOCK by HER ROYAL HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS ELIZABETH, DUCHESS OF EDINBURGH accompanied by HIS ROYAL HIGHNESS THE DUKE OF EDINBURGH.

Dock Office Liverpool.

THE FAVOUR OF AN EARLY REPLY ON THE ACCOMPANYING CARD IS REQUESTED.