Title: The Queen and the American Exhibition

Periodical: Hampshire Advertiser

Date: May 14, 1887

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The Queen, accompanied by Prince and Princess Henry of Battenberg, [1] paid a private visit to "Buffalo Bill's" Wild West show at Earl's Court, on Wednesday afternoon. Her Majesty drove in a closed carriage from Buckingham Palace at 5 o'clock, and was loudly cheered by crowds of people who had gathered along the route to West Kensington. The members of the Wild West show went through several of their peculiar performances, finishing with the spectacle of the attack on the Denver coach. [2] Miss Annie Oakley and Miss Lilian Smith were sent for by Her Majesty, who spoke a few words of praise to each. At the conclusion of the performance Colonel W. F. Cody ("Buffalo Bull") had the honour of being presented to Her Majesty who expressed herself as greatly pleased with the exhibition she had witnessed. Colonel Cody asked her whether it was too long, to which she replied, "Not at all; she only regretted that her time was so limited, and she would like to come again." Red Shirt (Ogila-Sa), chief of the Sioux, was then presented, and the Queen expressed her pleasure at seeing him. Red Shirt replied that it made him glad to hear it; he had come a long way to see Her Majesty. Mr. Nate Salsbury, director of the Wild West, was presented to Her Majesty, who expressed a desire to see the Indian babies or papooses. Two of these were presented for Her Majesty's inspection, and she was pleased to shake their hands and pat their painted cheeks. Her Majesty after being presented with a bouquet by Miss Whitley [3] left at about 6 45.

Note 1: Prince Henry of Battenberg is Colonel Prince Henry Maurice (1858-1896), a descendant of the Grand Ducal House of Hesse, who became a member of the British Royal Family in 1885 through his marriage to Princess Beatrice, who was Beatrice Mary Victoria Feodore (1857-1944), the fifth daugher and youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. [back]

Note 2: Deadwood Coach. [back]

Note 3: Miss Whitley is daughter to John Robinson Whitley (1843-1922), Director-General and Chairman of the United States Executive Council for the American Exhibition. [back]

Title: The Queen and the American Exhibition

Periodical: Hampshire Advertiser

Date: May 14, 1887

Topic: Buffalo Bill's Wild West in Britain

Keywords: American Indians Shooters of firearms Shooting Shooting contests Sioux Indians Stagecoaches

People: Beatrice, Princess Henry of Battenberg, 1857-1944 Henry Maurice, Prince of Battenberg, 1858-1896 Oakley, Annie, 1860-1926 Red Shirt, 1845?-1925 Salsbury, Nathan, 1846-1902 Victoria, Queen of Great Britain, 1819-1901 Whitley, John Robinson, 1843-1922

Place: Earl's Court (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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