June 29, 1908
The Duchess of Connaught and her younger daughter, Princess Patricia spent the weekend at Cliveden as the guests of Mr. and Mrs. Waldorf Astor, reports tje New York Times. Today, Mrs. Astor gave a "brilliant garden party in aid of the Barnardo Homes.
The Bishop of Virginia presided. The Duke of Connaught came "specially for the occasion," and both men made "sympathetic speeches" about the Barnardo movement.
Mrs. Astor is a native of Danville, Virginia. She was born Nancy Witcher Langhorne on May 19, 1879, the exact same date as her husband. Her first marriage to Robert Gould Shaw II ended in divorce. In 1905, she met the American-born Waldorf Astor on board a passenger ship bound for Britain.
Last August 7, Mrs. Astor gave birth to the couple's first child, William Waldorf Astor II. She also has a son, Robert Gould Shaw III, from her first marriage.