Waterford Royal visit, King and Queen on Grand Stand steps

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Where: Waterford, Ireland

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When: 01 May 1904

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The King and Queen during a visit to Irelands oldest city, Waterford, way back when! I suspect that this is connected to the Poole photographs from Kilkenny Castle and this was for the press? I was caught by the shape of the object to the right rear of the steps! At first I thought it was a camera from a very bad POV but it now looks like a ladies hat thanks to the wonderful megazoom.

And so it was confirmed (thanks to Niall McAuley, sharon.corbet, and beachcomberaustralia) that this image almost certainly dates to a royal visit to the South East in May 1904. However, this likely isn't Waterford City proper, but an outing to a jumping competition in Tramore's St Patricks Park, at the Waterford Agricultural Society show. What we are likely witnessing here is the departure of Edward and Alexandra - having perhaps just knighted the Mayor of Waterford. At 4pm they took the train to visit Lismore Castle. (A visit we've joined ourselves previously)


Photographer: A. H. Poole

Collection: Poole Photographic Studio, Waterford

Date: Catalogue range c.1901-1954. Surely 2 May 1904.

NLI Ref: POOLEWP 1414

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Mar/2017 09:26:07

    From Wikipedia 1903:19–27 July - First visit to Ireland as monarch of King Edward VII,[1] landing at Buncrana.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Mar/2017 09:29:09

    No, not that one: 1904: In 2nd May 1904 King Edward visited Waterford. He travelled from Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin via Kilkenny, arriving at Waterford North Station at 12:50 p.m. The station was decorated in crimson and a salute was fired by the HMS Aeolus, which was stationed in the river along three other ships. The King was entertained by the mayor James A. Power at a reception in City Hall. The Royal party then visited the Waterford Show. The Royal party proceeded to the Waterford South Station to take the 16:05p.m train to Lismore. Before departing the King knighted the Mayor on the platform. The King then took the train to Lismore where he was greeted by the Duke of Devonshire and other dignitaries.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Mar/2017 09:39:05

    That Grandstand looks like a permanent structure, was the Show at a racecourse? I see one in Tramore...

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    BultacoFan

    • 14/Mar/2017 09:47:11

    "Date: between ca. 1901 and 1954" Shall we say it's rather unlikely to have been anytime after May 1910? 8-)

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 14/Mar/2017 10:00:06

    Tremendous Work!

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    sharon.corbet

    • 14/Mar/2017 10:07:48

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] Maybe St. Patrick's Park.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Mar/2017 10:17:54

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/scorbet] Yes, a streetview of the modern Grange Cove on that spot shows a similar slope...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Mar/2017 10:20:51

    Yes, below this one: The king, the duke, and some other people... Mary added: From Tuesday, 3 May 1904 in the Irish Times The King and Queen and Princess Victoria visited Waterford yesterday. Their Majesties were received by the Duke of Devonshire, Lieutenant of the County, and cordially welcomed by a large crowd which had assembled within the precincts of the station. ... The illustrious visitors witnessed the jumping competitions [Spring Show of the Waterford Agricultural Society at S. Patrick's Park], and afterwards left for Lismore Castle, the seat of the Duke of Devonshire. The King conferred a Knighthood upon the Mayor of Waterford, Councillor J.A. Power. Their Majesties arrived at Lismore at half-past five o'clock, for a two days' stay with the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire at Lismore Castle. ... A large house party has been invited to meet Their Majesties.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Mar/2017 10:42:15

    WITH KING AND QUEEN. A LITTLE GIRL OF THREE. During the King and Queen's visit to Ireland a trifling, but charming incident occurred while the town clerk of Waterford was rolling out the address with keen earnestness. A girl of about three, dressed in white, who had apparently escaped from her nurse, bounded on to the dais, almost stumbling over the feet of the King and Queen, and apparently quite unaware of their presence. The King broke into a smile, patted the little one on the shoulder, and the Queen laughingly helped her off the platform. Two great state officials — Lord Dudley and Lord Plunket — took her each by the hand and led her away, while all the time the town clerk pursued the even tenor of his discourse animadverting on the great commercial possibilities of Waterford.
    From - trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/222790934

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Mar/2017 11:07:35

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia "Animadverting" is now Word of the Day.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 14/Mar/2017 11:13:14

    The two gentlement to the Queen's right (our left), either side of a pillar, could be Lord Plunket and Lord Dudley...

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    sharon.corbet

    • 14/Mar/2017 11:30:02

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley The guy with the cocked hat is wearing the uniform of a royal aide de camp - he has three fancy button holes on his sleeves rather than the four he would have if he were an equerry.

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    oaktree_brian_1976

    • 14/Mar/2017 11:54:02

    My first thought was Edward the 8th, based on the pointed Admiral's hat he's wearing.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 14/Mar/2017 11:54:47

    imho ... Dudley, Lord Lieutenant of Ireland (half behind pillar?) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Humble_Ward,_2nd_Earl_of_Du... Plunket, private secretary to Dudley (next to Her Maj?) - en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Plunket,_5th_Baron_Plunket Ed. Or is that Plunket behind King Edward VII ?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 15/Mar/2017 09:47:31

    Thanks all - Have updated the description/etc to reflect the (royal) trifecta of date, location and subject :)

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    ✿ willem ツ

    • 15/Mar/2017 09:55:47

    Lovely display of bicornes all round. This operatic quality of dress is still often seen in Italy: www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/1063381205/

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    Niall McAuley

    • 18/Apr/2017 09:18:35

    A house party at Mountstewart for the visit of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra, 1903. 13th from the left is Lord Lieutenenant, which looks to me to be the man left of and a bit hidden by the pillar. So that is Dudley. Edit: noted

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 19/Apr/2017 05:14:45

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley Nice find.