Princess Victoria visits Ryde

February 23, 2012 at 8:42 pm (books, british royalty, history, people, research) (, , , , , , )


With Roger’s interest in the daughters of Jane Hawker and Rear-Admiral Sir Michael Seymour, Bart., KCB, I dipped once again into the biography written by their son, the Rev. Richard Seymour of Kinwarton. I simply have to share this charming story:

“In the summer of the year 1831, {Sir Michael} and Lady Seymour had the honour of receiving our present gracious Sovereign, then Princess Victoria, together with H.R.H. the Duchess of Kent, and entertaining them at luncheon, after which he conveyed their Royal Highnesses in his barge over to Ryde, himself steering the boat. The Princess, then in her thirteenth year, showed a lively sympathy with Sir Michael in the loss of his arm, and expressed great surprised and interest at his ability to do so much with the remaining one.”

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2 Comments

  1. B. Taylor said,

    Lynne Vallone’s remarkable study of Princess Victoria’s education, Becoming Victoria, notes that the future queen’s diaries (which have never been fully published) note a brief meeting with the “singular” ladies of Llangollen during this visit.

    • Janeite Kelly said,

      Hi, B– I have Becoming Victoria; must take a look and post her comments about the Ladies; thanks for the heads-up.

      I haven’t tried in a month or two, but what a shame “worldwide” access to the digital Victoria diaries was so limited. Such items are wonderful resources for reading and research.

      k

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