Buckingham Palace Won't Repatriate Ethiopian Prince's Remains

Buckingham Palace has declined a request to repatriate the remains of Prince Alemayehu, an Ethiopian royal who was buried at Windsor Castle in the 19th century.

Prince Alemayehu was taken to England following the Battle of Maqdala in 1868 when British soldiers looted his father's imperial citadel.

According to the BBC, Queen Victoria took an interest in Alemayehu and arranged for him to study at elite schools before he was sent to the military training academy at Sandhurst. He left after less than a year for the English city of Leeds, where he died of pneumonia at the age 18 in 1879. He was buried at St George's Chapel in Windsor Castle at the request of Queen Victoria.

Prince Alemayehu or Alamayou of Ethiopia (23 April 1861 – 14 November 1879) was the son of Emperor Tewodros II of Ethiopia.


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