I think you'll all agree, these photos are really a bit too good!
The only controversy of the trip arose over whether or not to visit the South. Sectional tensions were high in that momentous election year, and Southern politicians hoped to gain positive publicity for their cause through a royal visit to model plantations. The colonial secretary accepted an invitation to Richmond, Virginia, where Edward attended church and toured the state capital. The prince, though, refused to visit a plantation and insisted on being driven back promptly to Washington. From there, the royal party traveled by rail to Baltimore and Philadelphia, and then sailed for New York City.