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Queen Victoria’s Journal - The christening of Princess Margaret of Connaught, 11th March 1884

On the 11th March 1882, Princess Margaret, daughter of Prince Arthur and granddaughter of Queen Victoria, was baptised in the Private Chapel at Windsor Castle.

Queen Victoria with Princess Margaret of Connaught in April 1882 © Royal Collection Trust / HIM King Charles III 2024

"Fine & very warm. - Much bustle & anxiety about the arrangements for the Christening. Nervous that all should go right. Feel the loss of my beloved one, so dreadfully, on these occasions. Wore morning dress. A little before 1, went into the Corridor, where the family was assembled, Louischen looking very nice in a pale blue satin tea grown, trimmed with lace, sitting in a rolling chair, Arthur pushing her. Bertie, Alix, their 3 girls, Affie, Marie, little Alfred, Louise, Lenchen, Christian, & their 2 girls. The dear Baby in the old family Christening robe, of Honiton Lace, carried by Mrs Taylor, the nurse, Ly Adela Larking following, & the pretty young wet nurse, Mrs Price. Bertie & I were

Sponsors, also the Emperor of Germany, represented by Ct Münster, Vicky, by Lenchen, Pss Frederick Charles, by Beatrice, Aunt Cambridge by Louise, Pce Fred: Charles by Affie, & Pce Charles, by Leopold. We went in to the Chapel, after the rest of the family, & took our places in the usual way, opposite the Parents. Louischen sat the whole time.

The Arch Bishop performed the service. The dear Baby was so good & never cried. I held her during the prayers preceding the naming, & handed her to the Arch Bishop, who did not hold her very well. She received the names of Margaret, Victoria, Augusta, Charlotte, Norah. After the ceremony, we all went into the Green Drawingroom, where we signed the Register. The Baby was shown & admired. We talked to the guests, & at a little before 2 had a family luncheon of 18. There was a fine Christening cake. I gave Louischen my present for the Baby, my miniature, set in pearls & diamonds, attached to a gold & pearl chain. We talked & remained a little together, & at ½ p. 3 all left. - Took a drive with Louise & Horatia S., & it came on to rain. After tea, went over to Louischen, whose leg is more swollen again & she must keep it more up. Saw Dr Playfair. She is to go abroad, to Biarritz. - Only we 5 of the family to dinner, Louise, Beatrice, Arthur Leopold, & I. -"

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