What a wonderful list of names to roll off the tongue and identify. And just in case you missed the first appearance of the list, it was repeated in most editions throughout June. As July came closer, the excitement hotted up and the itinerary of the visit to Exeter was announced:
It read as follows:
Tuesday July 4th 1899:
Their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of York leave Ugbrooke Park for Newton Abbot Station.
Arrival at St David's Station, Exeter for presentations. In Bonhay Road Pleasure Grounds (adjacent to the station) the Royal Artillery will fire a salute. The journey to the Guildhall will be by way of Bonhay Road and Fore Street.
There will be a presentation of a Welcome Address at the Guildhall, followed by an inspection of the Charters and the Corporation Regalia.
The procession reforms and moves through the High Street and Queen Street to the Royal Albert Museum.
Opening ceremony at the Museum.
Luncheon at the Rougemont Hotel (now named The Thistle) where their Royal Highnesses will be received by Sir Stafford and Lady Northcote.
Visit to the Cathedral, proceeding by way of Queen Street, High Steert, Broadgate and the Cathedral Close.
The Duke and Duchess will leave the Cathedral and drive through the Broadgate, High Street, South Street. Magdalen Street, and Southernhay to the hospital.
Inspection of the hospital and presentation of purses to the needy.
Leaving the hospital, the Royal visitors will proceed by Southernhay, through the Barnfield to Heavitree Road, Grendon Road, Polsloe Road, Blackboy Road and Sidwell Street to the London Hotel.
Arrive at the London Hotel.
Leave the London Hotel and proceed through the High Street and Queen Street to St David's Station for the return train to Newton Abbot.