From Queen Victoria to the Empress Frederick – 31 July 1900




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From Queen Victoria to the Empress Frederick – Osborne,  31 July 1900

I little thought when I wrote yesterday giving a bad account of beloved Affie1 that the end was so near. It is too terrible and, I fear, must be a great shock to you. We have been kept quite in the dark and he, poor dear, in writing to poor dear Marie2 never mentioned his health even though already some time ago he was very ill. The end was most peaceful. It is hard at 81 to lose a third grown-up child in the prime of life…

Poor Muther was finally very sorry to go, but he was determined to leave. I have got a very nice gentlemanlike and fähige (capable) successor, Herr von Pfiffer whom I like very much. In the midst of my great grief for our beloved Affie I omitted to say how dreadfully shocked and grieved I was at the murder of the dear king King of Italy, always a true and kind friend. It is awful, but he never took any sort of precautions. I always feared this happening. The poor, poor Queen, how I feel for her! God bless you, darling child, protect and guide you.3

  1. Prince Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Queen Victoria’s second son died on 30 July
  2. Alfred’s wife Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna of Russia
  3. Beloved and Darling Child – Edited by Agatha Ramm






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