The 8th Duke of Roxburghe’s Royal Tour of the Commonwealth 1901
A voyage across the world to build relationships that must last a lifetime.
With the death of Queen Victoria at the end of her long reign in January 1901 and the accession of her son Edward, the task of asserting Royal authority in the Commonwealth fell to George, Duke of Cornwall and York.
Henry Innes Ker, 8th Duke of Roxburghe and great grandfather to the current duke was a graduate of Eton and the Royal Military College at Sandhurst. An officer in the Household Cavalry and a courtier, he was trusted by the Crown.
Following his service during the Boer War, he was chosen to accompany the Duke of Cornwall and York (the future King George V) as A.D.C on his tour of the Commonwealth, a tour that was designed by the political establishment to reward the dominions for their support during the war in South Africa against the Boers.