Saturday, November 12, 2011

Today -100: November 12, 1911: Of child viceroys


Some Swiss are worried that when Italy is done absorbing Libya, it will come after the Swiss canton of Ticino.

The king and queen of the United Kingdom and also, lest we forget, emperor and empress of India, are on their way to India. During the long voyage, King George will be in constant wireless contact with London at all times, just in case they need him to make a vital decision about, I don’t know, table settings or something. George has hatched a plan to regain some relevancy and power for the monarchy by making members of the royal family viceroys of various colonies. The 11-year-old Prince Henry (son #3) would start training for the post of viceroy of India immediately (spoiler alert: that never happened, although he did become governor-general of Australia in 1945).

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