Yesterday’s quotation was from Queen Victoria.
She was speaking of two of her grandsons, Albert Victor and George. They were the sons of the Prince and Princess of Wales – later to be King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra. Nonetheless the lads entered the Royal Navy.
Prince Albert Victor died at aged 26, just weeks before he was to have married Princess Mary of Teck.
Thus it was the younger prince - George - succeeded his father to the British throne in 1910 as King George V. He in fact had married the same Princess Mary after a decent interval of about a year after his brother’s death.
George V died in1936, but Queen Mary survived until 1953. By then she was known as the Dowager Queen Mother for her own second son, George VI died in 1952.
Queen Mary’s birthday was May 26th, the same as mine! In those days the BBC would play the National Anthem at 8:00 a.m. on the birthday of any of the major Royals. I liked to think that it was being played for me!
A wee bit more about Queen Victoria tomorrow.