Prints from first photographed royal tour go on show
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Prints from first photographed royal tour go on show

Pyramids at Giza, Cairo, Egypt, 5 March 1862 Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

A collection of photographs taken in 1862 during the Prince of Wales' tour of the Middle East, showing historical figures and sites, has gone on display at Buckingham Palace in London. Taken by Francis Bedford, who was the first photographer to ever accompany a royal tour, the show comprises almost 100 original prints from the 200 images that Bedford shot at the time, and which were given to the Prince at the end of the trip.

The photographs document the progress of the party over the course of four months as they travelled from London to Venice by train, and on to Alexandria aboard the Royal Yacht Osbourne, and on through Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece on horseback.

Click through the slideshow above to read more about the prints and their history.