Reporting Royalty

  • Catherine WatersEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in the History of the Media book series (PSHM)


The growing public appetite for royal stories throughout the nineteenth century called for exceptional labour on the part of the special correspondents. The commercial benefits accruing from such coverage were significant, for both the newspaper and its special who could remediate his correspondence into a lucrative commemorative volume. By the 1870s, the number of newspapers and correspondents had increased and competition amongst the specials was growing fierce. In this context, the debate about press representation on the Prince of Wales’s tour of India in 1875–76—the main case study for this chapter—reveals a number of important developments in the newspaper press since the 1850s, including the issue of journalistic access, the increasing importance of personality and continuing debates about the authenticity of special correspondence.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of EnglishUniversity of KentCanterburyUK

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