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Queen Victoria’s Journal - the birth of Princess Marie Louise of Schleswig-Holstein, 12th August 1872

On 12th August 1872, Princess Marie Louise, daughter of princess Helena and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, was born at Cumberland Lodge, Windsor. In todays blog, you will find the queens journals from both the 12th and 13th August 1872.

Princess Marie Louise, 1910-1915

“A lovely morning. — Breakfast in the usual place, then walking about the pleasure grounds & looking at trees with Mc Pherson, to settle about some which must be cut down. Afterwards sitting out writing. — Bertie came to see me & remained talking a little while, then left for London. — After luncheon Ld Granville presented the Japanese Ambassador. — Received at length the welcome news, (which I had been anxiously awaiting for the last fortnight) that dear Lenchen had been safely confined with a girl at ½ p. 12. Again a very large child. Am very thankful. — Tea out with Marie & Beatrice, alas! for the last time in this dear place. Drove with Alix, Marie & Leopold, to West Cowes & round by Gurnard Bay. — Only dear Marie, Leopold, the Dss of Roxburghe & Flora Mc Donald to dinner. Went out for a moment afterwards & it was a very fine night. — Marie read to me. —“

Princess Marie Louise in October 1893 © Royal Collection Trust / HM King Charles III

[13th] “A lovely morning, warm, yet not oppressive. — Felt very sad to be leaving sweet lovely Osborne & the pleasant summer out of door life. — Very good accounts of Lenchen, but she had again rather a bad time. She began a letter to me, just when she began to be ill, & added a few words in pencil, just after all was over, which touched me very much. — The dear little children came with Marie & Beatrice & then sat out under the trees. The sea so blue & covered with white sailed yachts, it being the Ryde Regatta. — Alix with her 2 Boys, & Ernest L. came to luncheon & the 3 little girls came to say goodbye. — At 6 left dear Osborne with regret, with Beatrice, Leopold, the Dss of Roxburghe, Flora Mc D., Fräulein Baber, Cols: Ponsonby & De Ros & Mr Collins. It was very warm. The many yachts out had a very pretty effect. Took leave of dear Marie L., who had crossed over with us, at Gosport. Sir Wm Jenner joined our train at Basingstoke. At Banbury we stopped for refreshments. —“


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