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Queen Victoria’s Journal - The birth of Prince Albert of Schleswig-Holstein, 26th February 1869

On 26th February 1869, Prince Albert, son of Princess Helena and grandson of Queen Victoria, was born at Frogmore House, Windsor.

Princess Helena with Prince Albert, dated December 1869 © Royal Collection Trust / HM King Charles III

“A fine calm morning. – Much startled & surprised on getting up to receive a telegram from Christian saying dear Lenchen had been safely delivered of a baby at 6 this morning, & that both were doing well! Most truly thankful for this news & relieved to be spared the great anxiety & suspense, which I dreaded, but distressed not to have been with my dear Child, which I should have been, had not Leopold been ill. — Left Osborne at ¼ p. 10, Leopold driving down to Trinity pier with Louise Baby & me. Reaches Windsor at ¼ to 2, Christian meeting us at the station. Drove with him & Louise straight to Frogmore, where I went in & saw Lenchen for a Moment. Also saw the Baby, a fine large child, with a quantity of dark hair. The Nurse was greatly distressed at having arrived an hour too late, as had also Dr Farre. Only Dr Fairbank was there. All had happened rather suddenly. — Lunched with Christian & his sister Henny, who is still there. Little Christian appeared, & is much grown. Went up to the Castle afterwards, where I rested & read letters, & then drove to see Lenchen. — Dear Leopold none the worse for the journey. — The Dss of Atholl, Ly Waterpark & Lady Caroline Barrington dined. —“

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