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Attending the Prince of Wales

Editorial note: The first function for the Duke of York's School after its move to the new premises at Dover in 1909 was attendance by the band at the official opening of new harbour facilities in Dover by the Prince of Wales. The Times reported the event on 14 October 1909. An observation of interest some readers might be is the obvious fact that the report is a regurgitation of a press release issued by the authority responsible for organizing the event – a report of Queen Victoria's visit to Ireland in 1900 is another example. The report details in order of precedence who would attend the function and sequence of events planned. Such reports lack evidence of eye-witness observations. They report not was has taken place or who is there, but who will take part and what will happen – the perfect give-away of a news release.

The Times: 14 October 1909

Several of the warships and other ships which will take part in the ceremonial opening of the naval harbour by the Prince of Wales tomorrow arrived at Dover yesterday. Among them were the battleships Illustrious and Vengeance, the cruiser Endymion, the Admiralty yacht Enchantress and Undine, and the Trinity House yacht Irene. On board the Undine, was Admiral Sir Charles Drury, Commander-in-Chief at the Nore, who is in charge of the naval arrangements. The torpedo flotilla will arrive to-day.

The travelling escort which, after the presentation of the Corporation address, is to accompany the Prince from the Esplanade to the site of the stone-laying on the eastern arm of the naval harbour will consist of the 11th Hussars. There will only be three carriages in the procession along the gaily decorated sea front. In the carriage with the Prince of Wales will be Admiral Sir C. Drury and Commander Sir C Cust, Equerry in Waiting. The other carriages will contain Lieutenant-Colonel Sir A. H. Paget, the Commander-in-Chief of the Eastern District, Brigadier-General Inglefield, Admiral Drury's flag captain and flag lieutenant, and Sir A. H. Paget's aide-de-camp.

The route will be line by the troops of Dover garrison, the Royal Marines from Chatham and Deal, and naval brigades, together with the Dover College Officers' Training Corps and the Duke of York's Military School – some 4,000 men in all. Seven bands will be stationed at different points. At the site of the stone-laying there will be a distinguished gathering, including the Lords of the Admiralty, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Lord Lieutenant of Kent (Lord Camden), the Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports (Lord Brassey, the Captain of Deal Castle (Lord George Hamilton), Mr. Wyndham, M.P., and Sir Weetman Pearson, M.P. Two pavilions have been erected for the accommodation of the principal guests.

The Prince of Wales's passage through the western entrance of the harbour and back through the eastern entrance, which will constitute the formal opening, will be made on board the Admiralty yacht Enchantress. The yacht will be escorted by a torpedo flotilla.

The warships will fire Royal salutes, in which the land forts will join, on the arrival of the Prince, then as he passes through the eastern entrance, and finally as he leaves Dover for London, after he has taken luncheon with the Lords of the Admiralty on the Enchantress.

In the evening there will be a searchlight display by the warships, and brilliant illuminations.

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