Tuesday, March 02, 2010

11Jul1871, The Princess Royal

LONDON, July 11th, 1871.
—I dined at No. 11. . . . Smart 5 o'clock tea there, for the Crown Prince and Princess, lately arrived at Prussia House. It was nice to see our dear little Princess Royal again : her face and whole self the most loveable and winning that can be imagined, considering that she is just a little bunchy German woman. But it is the Queen's grace, dignity, and straightforward kindliness of manner exactly. She came into the room asking eagerly for Agnes, to whom she spoke affectionately of Meriel but, to my grief, never made me out. The Crown Prince was always attractive-looking, but now he is most noble ! such a powerful brow and eye, he must be destined to do great things.

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