Title: "Buffalo Bill" at Windsor

Periodical: Ashbourne News

Date: July 1, 1892

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"BUFFALO BILL" AT WINDSOR.

A PERFORMANCE BEFORE THE QUEEN.

The Queen and Court were present on Saturday afternoon at a special performance given by Colonel Cody's "Wild West Show" at Windsor Castle. The entertainment took place upon the greensward in the Home Park, opposite the East Terrace, a picturesque spot once known as the Princes' Recreation Ground, whereon her Majesty's children formerly played cricket, and which is now occasionally used for the Palace garden parties. An oval hippodrome, surrounded by hurdles, was formed upon the lawn.

The Royal Pavilion, a tastefully-arranged tent, was erected at the middle of the gravelled promenade. It stood near the steps leading down into the sunk garden, and faced the arena, of which it commanded an excellent view. Several stately palms and choice flowering plants were disposed about its sides, and within the crimson-draped interior chairs had been provided for the Queen and Royal family. The Queen, who left the Victoria Tower about five o'clock, drove in her pony carriage along the terrace to the pavilion, Princess Christian, Prince and Princess Henry of Battenberg and their children, Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein and the Princess of Leiningen assembling upon the promenade at the same time. General Sir Henry Ponsonby and the Hon. Lady Ponsonby, the Countess of Antrim, Major-General Sir John Cowell and Lady Cowell, Major-General Sir John McNeill, Dr. Reid, the Hon. Miss Drummond, the Hon. Miss McNeill, the Hon. Miss Loftus, Colonel the Hon. W. Carington, Admiral Sir J. Commerell, Major Bigge, Colonel Clarke, the Dean of Windsor and Mrs. Eliot, and other gentlemen and ladies connected with the Court were present. The Queen had also very kindly allowed the palace and park servants and their families to see the performance, these lining the parapet to the south of the Royal Pavilion.

The show arrangements were supervised by Col. Cody, and Major Burke (the manager), and Mr. Salisbury. The troupe, which comprised about 40 Cossacks, Mexicans, cowboys, scouts, Gauchos, and Sioux Indians and their horses, were conveyed by special Great Western train to Windsor, which was reached shortly before five. The entertainment was of the usual character, though curtailed, and concluded shortly before six o'clock, when the troupe rode up in front of the Royal Pavilion, and finally saluted the Queen, who immediately afterwards quitted the terrace. Simultaneously with her Majesty's departure the procession of Cossacks, Gauchos, Mexicans, scouts, and cowboys left the lawn, the horse-bells jingling merrily as it passed through the park into the town, whence the performers returned by special train to London. Colonel Cody, before leaving the Castle, was introduced by Sir Henry Ponsonby to the Queen, who told him she had been extremely gratified with the marvellous horsemanship exhibited by his troupe, and that the performance was excellent in every way. Her majesty made handsome presents to the principals of the great show.

Title: "Buffalo Bill" at Windsor

Periodical: Ashbourne News

Source: McCracken Research Library, Buffalo Bill Center of the West, William F. "Buffalo Bill" Cody Collection, MS6, MS6.3778.079.03-T (1892 London)

Date: July 1, 1892

Keywords: American Indians Command performances Cossacks Courts and courtiers Cowboys Exhibitions Gauchos Horsemanship Horses Indians of North America Lakota Indians Mexicans Scouts (Reconnaissance) Scrapbooks Traveling exhibitions Windsor Castle

People: Beatrice, Princess Henry of Battenberg, 1857-1944 Burke, John M., -1917 Henry Maurice, Prince of Battenberg, 1858-1896 Ponsonby, Henry Frederick, Sir, 1825-1895 Salsbury, Nathan, 1846-1902 Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901

Places: Earl's Court (London, England) London (England)

Sponsor: This project is supported in part by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Geraldine W. & Robert J. Dellenback Foundation.

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