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International Exhibition, 1888

Glasgow City Archives, Town Clerk's Department

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International Exhibition, 1888

A proclamation printed by the Town Clerk's Department, notifying the public of roads that would be closed for the Prince of Wales' visit to Glasgow in 1888 to open the International Exhibition in Kelvingrove Park.

In the weeks preceding the event, concerns mounted over whether the Prince would actually make it to Glasgow. Kaiser Friedrich III of Germany, who was a close relative of the Prince, had been gravely ill with cancer of the larynx. It was thought that his death was imminent and the Prince might be called on to attend his state funeral. In the event, Friedrich III lived until 15 June, allowing the Prince to open Glasgow's first major international exhibition.

The opening ceremony was held on 8 May 1888. Grandstands were erected along sections of Sauchiehall Street, and throngs of Glaswegians lined the streets to watch the royal carriages pass by.

Reference: Glasgow City Archives, Town Clerk's Department

Reproduced with the permission of Glasgow City Council, Libraries Information and Learning

International Exhibition, 1888, Kelvingrove Park, posters, Proclamations, royal visits, Town Clerk's Department

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