Monday, December 1, 2014

Queen Alexandra celebrates her 80th birthday

December 1, 1924

Dowager Queen Alexandra celebrated her 80th birthday "most pleasantly," reports the Associated Press.  She was surrounded by members of her family including King George, Queen Mary, Queen Maud and Crown Prince Olav of Norway, the Prince of Wales, the Princess Royal, and Princess Victoria.

All arrived at Sandringham, bearing gifts for the widow of King Edward VII.  Queen Alexandra suffers from "failing eyesight and growing deafness."

She spent her morning occupied with the "opening and reading of great numbers of letters and telegrams from all parts of the world," and the viewing of her presents.

Queen Alexandra spent a quiet afternoon with her close family.  This evening she was the honored guest at a "quiet dinner, following by a special moving picture show in the ballroom," as all the members of the royal family have a "like for the cinema."

All the British papers published photographs of Queen Alexandra with "long memoirs of her life, recalling especially her many acts of kindness and charity."

In London flags were "flown from official and private offices and dwellings."   Diplomats and society leaders called on Marlborough House to "sign the visitors book."

Royal salutes were fired from Windsor Park and Hyde Park.

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