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Queen Victoria’s Journal - The birth of Princess Irene of Hesse and by Rhine, 11th July 1866

On this day, 11th July 1866, Princess Irene, daughter of Princess Alice and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, was born at New Palace, Darmstadt, Grand Duchy of Hesse


“Very, very hot. — Telegrams saying Emperor meant to enforce Armistice & That Gablenz had been sent back from Prussian Headquarters, without the King seeing him. — Went after breakfast to look at the tent being put up on the lawn, for the dance I am going to give to the servants, in honour of Lenchen’s wedding. — Then sat under the trees writing & signing papers. — On coming in, heard that Alice had had a 3rd daughter, a very big child. Both were well, but I fear it will be a great disappointment that it is not a boy. — After luncheon looking though papers & Augusta S. reading to me the account of Ld Derby’s to statement on the 9th — More telegrams. Nothing decided about the Armistice. — Tea out on the Upper Terrace after which we all, with the Ladies & Gentlemen went to the Tent erected on the lawn & were present at the Dance given for the servants & same of the people on the Estate. They were rather bashful at first, but still they danced without ceasing. We stopped till 7 & went back again for a short while after dinner. —”



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