Monday, June 20, 2011

Narrow escape for Victoria of Sweden and family

June 20, 1915  (via Atlantic cable and the AP from Berlin via wireless to Sayville, N.Y.)

Queen Victoria of Sweden and the family of Prince Max of Baden "narrowly escaped injury from bombs dropped by French aviators in  raid on Karlsruhe," according to the Overseas News Agency.

One bomb hit the castle's roof above a bedroom occupied by Prince Max's young children, and another bomb exploded above the chamber of one of Queen Victoria's ladies-in-waiting.   Another resident of the castle, who was at home at the time of bombing, was the Dowager Duchess of Baden, an aunt of Kaiser Wilhelm II.

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