The Prince of Wales and Lt Col Valentine Baker
The painting which is illustrated is entitled ‘The Prince of Wales with Lieutenant Colonel Valentine Baker reviewing the 10th Hussars, Aldershot, 8th September 1871’. It is an original oil painting circa 1871 attributed to Sir Francis Grant (1803-1878). The painting was originally owned by the 10th Royal Hussars (PWO) who presented it to the National Army Museum in the 1950s. It was recently gifted to The King’s Royal Hussars by the National Army Museum.
His Royal Highness Albert Edward Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII) was gazetted Colonel in 1863 and assumed the appointment of Colonel of the Regiment.
It was on 8th September 1871, that The Prince of Wales took command of the Cavalry Brigade of the Second Division which included the 10th Royal Hussars (PWO). The manoeuvres took place in the neighbourhood of Aldershot and lasted until 26th September.
The Prince of Wales held the appointment of Colonel of the 10th Royal Hussars (PWO) until his accession to the throne in 1901 when he became Colonel-in-Chief of the 10th Royal Hussars (PWO). In 1910, on the death of King Edward VII, King George V became Colonel-in-Chief of the 10th Royal Hussars (PWO).