Friday, October 30, 2009

State ball at Athens

October 30, 1889

A State Ball was given tonight in Athens, and was attended by more than 3000 guests. "The royal and imperial personages present marched in procession" into the ballroom at the Palace. Kaiser Wilhelm II and Queen Olga of the Hellenes led the march. They were followed by King George of the Hellenes, Empress Augusta Viktoria of Germany, the Russian Czarevitch, the Princess of Wales, the Princess of Saxe-Meiningen, Princess Henry of Prussia, and the newly married couple, the Duke and Duchess of Sparta. The new duchess is the former Princess Sophie of Prussia.
There were only three dances.
Earlier today, the Kaiser paid a visit to the British fleet in the Piraeus. He had lunch aboard the British flagship the Dreadnought. Tomorrow the German and British fleets will escort the German Emperor from the Piraeus. The Emperor is leaving for Constantinople.

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