4 MARCH 1905, Page 3

It was announced on Monday that, with the sanction and

approval of King Edward, the Prince and Princess of Wales will pay a visit to India in November next, remaining there till March, 1906. We are glad to note the official announce- ment that, on the advice of the Government after con- sultation with the Viceroy, the exchange of ceremonial presents will be dispensed with, and that Sir Walter Lawrence will be bead of the Prince's staff during the tour. Sir Walter Lawrence has a wide knowledge of India—gained in his distinguished career in Afghanistan, Rajputana, the Punjab, Kashmir, and latterly as Lord Curzon's private secretary—while his sound judgment, perfect tact, and per- sonal charm complete an assemblage of qualities which render him at all points admirably equipped for his new post.