Tuesday, May 5, 2009

King Edward VII returns from France

May 5, 1903

King Edward VII returned to London today from France. He "received a great, popular welcome" when he arrived in London. Although the train station was closed to the public, "the approach was thronged by large crowds." There were flags flying every where, and the Mall leading to Buckingham Palace was "thickly lined with people."
The Prince of Wales, Prince Christian, the Duke of Cambridge, Prince Charles of Denmark, Premier Balfour and Lord Roberts greeted the king at the train station, according to the New York Times. The king had left Cherbourg this morning aboard the Victoria & Albert, which was escorted by a British squadron. Cheering crowds awaited the king as the royal yacht arrived at Portsmouth, where His Majesty boarded a train for London. This evening, the King and Queen Alexandra attended a performance of "Das Rheingold" at Covent Garden, where they "were accorded a most hearty welcome." They were accompanied by the Prince and Princess of Wales and Prince and Princess Charles of Denmark.
A summer visit to Czar Nicholas II has not been confirmed, but it is being reported that King Edward VII will visit Berlin in the fall, where he will meet his nephew, Kaiser Wilhelm II.

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