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Queen Victoria’s Journal - The engagement of Prince Albert Edward and Princess Alexandra of Denmark, 9th September 1862

On 9th September 1862, Prince Albert Edward (later King Edward VII), eldest son of Queen Victoria, became engaged to Princess Alexandra of Denmark at Laeken in Denmark

Prince Albert Edward and Princess Alexandra around the time of their engagement, dated September 1862 © Royal Collection Trust / HM King Charles III 2024

“On getting up, found a letter from Bertie, who had paid his visit at Ostend, & wrote from Brussels. — Breakfasted with Lenchen only, dear Feodore not being quite well. I found her in bed. — Out with Lenchen & Leopold, they on ponies & I, in my pony chair. Went to the Abtsburg, which was a steep climb, but we managed it all right. The view was beautiful. Came back a shorter road & less rough & steep. We had been out quite a long time. — Writing after luncheon & seeing Major Elphinstone. — Saw Feo & George of Meiningen in Feodore’s room, the latter grown stouter since I last saw him, & she, most handsome. — Saw Ld Russell & talked of Bertie’s marriage, — of France, — Germany & the Schleswig Holstein question. We discussed the importance of Bertie’s marriage being in no sense, considered a political one. — Drove with Lenchen & Augusta B. to Ernstroda, a very picturesque looking village. — On coming home had a telegram from Bertie, which shortly afterwards Gen: Grey sent back deciphered, to the effect that he “had proposed & been accepted this day”, & asking “for my consent & blessing”. So it is settled. — Lenchen & Louise delighted to hear the news. — After dinner wrote to Ernest, who unfortunately dislikes the marriage very much. — Writing. — Terribly sad & wretched. —“

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