The Last Hurrah

The 1947 Royal Tour of Southern Africa and the End of Empire

Graham Viney




The Last Hurrah captures in vivid detail the 1947 royal tour of southern Africa, both the high-water mark of the British Empire and the very moment at which it began to unravel. It is also an intimate, revealing portrait of the royal family - King George VI, Queen Elizabeth and the Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret - at work. Viney evocatively details the background to the 1947 royal tour of southern Africa, which took in not just the length and breadth of what was then the Union of South Africa, but its neighbours, too: Basutoland (now Lesotho), Bechuanaland (Botswana), Swaziland (very recently renamed the Kingdom of eSwatini), Southern Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and Northern Rhodesia (Zambia).


A colourful and entertaining socio-political account of the royalt tour that transfixed South Africa. - Richard Steyn


Graham Viney was educated at the Diocesan College (Bishops), Cape Town, and Oriel College, Oxford, where he read International Relations. He runs an international design company.