Saturday, August 21, 2010

Another girl for the Yorks

photo by Marlene A. Eilers Koenig

Princess Margaret with Darcey Bussell  Photo by Marlene A. Eilers Koenig

August 21, 1930

The Duchess of York gave birth to a daughter this evening at Glamis Castle in Glamis, Forfarshire, Scotland. The new princess is fourth in line to the British throne after the Prince of Wales, the Duke of York, and four-year-old Princess Elizabeth.
The Countess of Strathmore, the Duchess' mother, "conveyed the news to the Duke at 9:20", according to the New York Times. The Duke of York was waiting in the library with the Earl of Strathmore, the Home Secretary and other members of the Strathmore family.
About 90 minutes after the birth, the Duke of York was allowed to enter the Duchess' room, where he met his newborn daughter. The infant princess was also shown to the Home Secretary.

Afterward, the Duke "personally put a telephone call over the 600-mile land line connecting the castle with Sandringham." King George V and Queen Mary were still up, "after the customary hour for retiring, to await the news." The Duke spoke for sometime with his father and mother.

There is naturally to be some disappointment that the child is not a boy, who would have become third in line to the throne. The infant princess will be HRH Princess Christian name of York.
The new Princess is the first member of the royal family to have been born in Scotland since Princess Beatrice gave birth at Balmoral to her daughter, Princess Victoria Eugenie, on October 24, 1887.
The Duchess of York and her daughter are "making satisfactory progress."

The two color photos of Princess Margaret were taken by me. These may not be copied or used by anyone without my expressed permission.

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