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Queen Victoria’s Journal - The funeral of King Leopold I of Belgium, 16th December 1865

King Leopold I of Belgium, dated 1864 © Royal Collection Trust / HM King Charles III

"This was beloved Uncle’s birthday. For years always took such care that a letter from me should arrive in good time to greet him on this day. Today he is being carried to his grave! The contrast is too dreadful. Felt very sad & depressed. – Received a touching letter from Marie B. which affected me very much. – Walked with the 2 girls down to Frogmore & went into both dear Mausoleums, driving in the grounds afterwards. – Sat with dear Feodore when I came home & we talked so much & so sadly, about beloved Uncle. — Gave Miss Durant my last sitting, then went on my pony, Lenchen walking. A dull raw afternoon. — The Dean of Page 349Westminster & Augusta S. dined with us. — He has come most kindly to preach tomorrow, as our Dean has left. — Heard from Bertie that all had passed off well. – Augusta S. read to us. -“

©Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2012

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