Monday, March 9, 2009

Bertie not at home when Dowager Empress arrives

March 9, 1907

It was the Dowager Empress of Russia's first visit to England in forty-four years, and her brother-in-law, King Edward VII, was out-of-town. Some tongues are wagging, but it should be noted that the Empress, who was last in London to attend her sister, Alexandra's wedding to the future King Edward VII in 1863, is not on an official visit. She's in London to spend time with her sister, Alexandra. There will no "state functions or great festivities" in honor of Marie's visit, which is considered private.
King Edward's plans "were arranged long before it was known that the empress would come" to London.
The King is in Biarritz, and remains in telegraphic contact with officials in London.

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