BULAWAYO MEMORIES

Ceremonies - 1925 Edward Prince of Wales

Royal Tour
30 April – 29 July 1925

The young Prince of Wales, later to abdicate as King Edward VIII, visited South Africa in 1925. It was a grand affair with large welcomes at the all the extravagantly decorated towns he visited between his arrival on April 30th and his departure almost 3 months later on 29th July.

Using two beautiful carriages built by the South African Railways, the Royal Party toured Southern Africa visiting Cape Province, the Orange Free State, Basutoland, Natal, Transvaal, Swaziland, Southern & Northern Rhodesia and the Bechuanaland Protectorate. The Prince met local Royalty, visited Victoria Falls, played Golf and enjoyed exuberant African welcomes throughout his visit.

Prince Edward school was established in 1898 as Salisbury Grammar. It was renamed Salisbury High School in 1906 and adopted its current name in 1925 when visited by Edward VIII, who was Prince of Wales at the time.

Between 30th April and 29th July 1925 the Prince toured Southern Africa. On a Royal train provided by the South African Railways, he visiting Cape Province, the Orange Free State, Basutoland, Natal, Transvaal, Swaziland, Southern & Northern Rhodesia and the Bechuanaland Protectorate.

Travelling Post Office
1925 Royal Tour
The Royal Train had its own Post Office, situated within a travelling post office van attached to a pilot train that kept ahead of the Royal Train by around 30 minutes. The post office was open 24 hours per day.

Approximately 9,000 articles (including Official Mail) were handled by the office, averaging 100 articles per day.

Postal Staff
C J Swift – Postmaster (Rhodesia)
Mr Harpham – Assistant
Mr Murrell – Assistant
Mr Cripham – Assistant


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Location Arrival Date
Bulawayo 29/06/1925
Fort Victoria 2/7/1925
Umvuma 2/7/1925
Central Estates 2/7/1925
Enkeldoorn 5/7/1925
Range 5/7/1925
Central Estates 5/7/1925
Umvuma 6/7/1925
Gwelo 6/7/1925
Salisbury 7/7/1925
Gatooma 10/7/1925
Que Que 10/7/1925
Bulawayo 10/7/1925
Bulawayo 17/07/1925