1907 - Arrival of German Emperor

11th November. The German Emperor arrived at Portsmouth in his Royal Yacht “Hohenzollern” escorted by a squadron of German warships. There was much profession of friendship and concord by the Kaiser who, in return for the town’s hospitality, conferred upon Councillor Foster the Order of the Red Eagle.

Councillor Ferdinand G. Foster had a unique experience in the following year when he became Mayor of Portsmouth. Being a widower, and with the approval of his colleagues, his 5½ year old daughter Doris became Mayoress and we are told that little Doris performed her duties with charming success. It is unlikely that any other town could boast such a young Mayoress.