Monday, July 29, 2013

A few royal tidbits

July 29, 1893

A few bits of royal gossip from the Chicago Daily Tribune.

Dr. Laking, who recently received a knighthood from Queen Victoria, is the official "surgeon-apothecary" to her Majesty and other members of the royal family.

Queen Victoria has plans to invest the Duke of York as a Knight of the Thistle.  She wants the investiture to be "a ceremony of considerable state."  The event will take place at Balmoral in the fall.  The Duke, who is second in line to throne, married Princess Mary of Teck on July 6.

Princess Mary's brother, Prince Francis is "said to be engaged to Miss Bass.  This will be "incline the brewing interests to cry all 'ail to Miss Bass" as she "pursues the even tenor of her royal way."   The Hon. Nellie Bass is the only daughter of Lord Burton. She is said to have an annual income of $1,500,000. 

And  Prince Louis of Battenberg has "invented a ruler, provided with rollers," which "calculations can be at once made of the distance a ship has run within a given time."  It also can provide the distance "of a ship from another vessel or any object."

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