From Queen Victoria to the Empress Frederick – 7 March 1900
I cannot tell you how grieved I am not to go and see you at Bordighera, or how I pine for the sunny, flowery south, but with the abuse against England and even me, and the war still going on and much to be settled, I feel I could not, with safety almost, go abroad. But do try and come here by very slow stages. All could and would be done to make it comfortable and easy for you.
You will be startled when I tell you that I am going early next month to visit Ireland. It is entirely my own idea as was also my giving up going abroad. It will give great pleasure and do good. The people want to give me a great reception in London tomorrow. I am going for two nights but not for a Drawing Room. I hope the weather is fine in the south now. I do feel not going there much, after doing so every spring for fourteen years.1