Having visited Hinchingbrooke as Prince of Wales on several occasions
Edward VII's first official visit as King was in 1901, the year of his accession
to the throne.
Many workmen have been busily employed for the past fortnight in redecorating the suite of rooms which are to be set apart for his Majesty’s private use, and also in the gardens and grounds.
The picturesque and extensive park is splendidly wooded with handsome trees. The gigantic cedars, with their graceful and outspreading branches, are particularly noticeable. On the west side of the mansion is a large stretch of velvet-like lawn with a sylvan background. The pleasure grounds abound with shady walks.
The King’s visit of 1906
The King’s Host
Lord Sandwich, who is to be the King’s host at Hinchingbrooke House from the 8th until the 11th of June, is one of the most cultivated and agreeable of bachelor peers. Nay, more, he is one of those men who “do good by stealth and blush to find it fame.” During the South Africa War he entertained wounded and invalided officers at his beautiful historic country seat, and many a brave soldier owes to him recovered health and the power to carry on the fight.
The owner of Hinchingbrooke is very musical; no mean peformer himself, he delights in entertaining musicians, both famed and obscure, and he has many devoted friends in the artistic world.
His Majesty’s Visit to Hinchingbrooke
Huntingdon put on its gayest appearance last week to welcome the King on his visit to Hinchingbrooke on Saturday.
The royal train was signalled shortly after five pm and it was drawn to the up platform. It consisted of five coaches, lent by the London and North Western Railway.
Outside the station was drawn up the Guard of Honor, consisting of 104 men of the Hunts Volunteers …. The King having inspected them shook hands with Col. Linton, and congratulated him on the soldierly appearance of the men.
His Majesty was driven to Hinchingbrooke in an open carriage, escorted by 65 members of the Hunts Troop of the Beds. Imp. Yeomanry. The crowd was very great, and the cheering was most enthusiastic.
Mr A Hendrey, photographer, Godmanchester, was summoned to Hinchingbrooke Castle to photograph the King, and obtained some lovely pictures.
One of the Yeomanry troopers was thrown in the Court yard at Hinchingbrooke just after the King had passed, and his horse fell on him, but he was not seriously hurt.
The King lunched at Hinchingbrooke on his way to Kimbolton Castle in Feb 1868, and also in Jan 1877. He also came down to the funeral of the Hon. O Montagu at Brampton, who was an intimate acquaintance of the King