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Queen Victoria’s Journal - The funeral of Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, 17th March 1892

On the 17th March 1892, Louis, Grand Duke of Hesse and by Rhine, husband of Princess Alice and Son-in-law of Oueen Victoria, was buried at Rosenhöhe, Darmstadt, Grand Duchy of Hesse.

Princess Alice and Prince Louis of Hesse with three of their children: Victoria, Friedrich and Ernst Louis. Painted in 1871 by Christian Karl August Noack © Royal Collection Trust / HM King Charles III 2024

"Darling little Patsy's birthday. God bless & protect her. Thank God! that she has quite recovered. - A beautiful bright morning. - Marie & her girls & George C. arrived from London, Helen from Claremont, & Lenchen & Thora from Cumberland Lodge. At ¼ to 11, we went to the Chapel, the sad ceremony at the Neue Palais & Rosenhöhe taking place at the same hour. The service, performed by the Bishop of Rochester only lasted ½ an hour & was very beautiful, simple & impressive. I was much upset, especially during the last Hymn "Now the Labourer's task is o'er." Chopin's beautiful funeral march was played at the close of the service. - Took leave of all, but Louise & Lorne & Helen. - Went down afterwards to the Mausoleum with Louise & Beatrice Dear Alice's beautiful monument made us think of dear Louis being surely now with her again, & his lost children, & many dear ones. - Louise & Lorne, as well as Helen left after luncheon. - Drove with Beatrice & Ina MIM Neill. - Lenchen & Thora came again to tea. - Was busy sorting papers. - Had telegrams from Affie & Arthur saying all was over, - enormous crowds, but the greatest order, & much feeling shown. Very impressive, touching & mournful. They had walked the whole way to the Rosenhohe. - Jane C., Harriet P., Bertha L., & Minnie C. dined. - Afterwards saw M' Dalton, who has felt dear Eddy's death dreadfully. He spoke very prettily of both Boys.-"

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