Monday, December 8, 2008

new baby carriage for Prince Edward of York

December 8, 1894 

 Prince Edward of York will soon have an English-made baby carriage. The perambulator will be of the "highest class workmanship."

 The Princess Irene barouche pattern is fitted with "non-vibrating, leather-hung cee springs with hollow rubber tires." The carriage is upholstered in "green morocco leather, softly padded with horse-hair cushions," which will allow the royal baby to "recline or ride with face or back to the nurse." A cowhide hood can be adjusted to protect the prince from rain or sun.

The awning is made from tussore silk, which matches the lining, and trimmed with "delicate and beautiful lace." Similar baby carriages have been built for the children of the Duchess of Fife (the baby aunt's) and Princess Henry of Prussia. The Princess, who was born Princess Irene of Hesse and by the Rhine, and her husband are first cousins of baby Edward's father, Prince George, the Duke of York. Prince Edward of York was born on June 23rd. He is the first child of the Duke and Duchess of York. 

The Duke is second in line to the throne after his father the Prince of Wales.

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