The ultimate accolade for the International Exhibition of 1888 was the visit of Queen Victoria, en route to Balmoral. It was the Queen's first visit to Glasgow since 1849 and many thought it was overdue.
Queen Victoria was the guest of Archibald Campbell at Blythswood House in Renfrewshire. On Wednesday 22 August she was met at St Enoch Station by Lord Provost Sir James King and a welcoming party of civic dignitaries. Huge crowds lined the route of the royal procession to Kelvingrove Park.
The Queen sat on a throne in the Grand Hall to receive various flattering addresses and professions of loyalty. She said some kind words about Glasgow and its Exhibition and then walked round paying particular attention to the Women's Industries Section. She paid a private visit to the Exhibition on 24 August, when she visited other areas, purchased some souvenirs and expressed satisfaction with her visit.
Reference: Mitchell Library, GC 606.4 (1888)
Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries and Archives
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