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
, 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
Date: Catalogue range c.1901-1954. Surely 2 May 1904.
NLI Ref: POOLEWP 1414
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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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