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Queen Victoria’s Journal - The death of Prince Alfred, Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, 6th February 1899

Prince Alfred in 1899 © Royal Collection Trust / HM King Charles III

“A hopelessly wet day, & a high north east wind. — Much distressed to hear by a telegram from Dr Bankart, who accompanied young Alfred to Meran, that he is worse, & that his condition is most critical. Later there came another telegram saying: “now imminent danger of heart failure”. Communicated with Bertie & the rest of the family. It is too sad. — Remained at home in the morning, but in the afternoon took a short drive in a closed carriage. — Victoria returned from Weymouth & took tea with us. — Affie telegraphed, that on accounts of the bad news, he was starting for Meran at once. – About 7, heard from Reuter, that the poor dear Boy had passed away. I felt quite stunned & shaken, for what a blow this will be to his unfortunate Parents & what changes & complications it will cause! My anxiety had been great for the last few days. — Beatrice brought in a telegram from poor dear Affie, from Gotha, begging her to break the news to me. He was just starting for Meran, when he got the news. — What will happen now? Arthur who is the next heir cannot give up his Military career here. There is still his Boy, & failing him Charlie. -“

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