Thursday, February 19, 2015

Queen Victoria holds first levee

February 19, 1840

Queen Victoria held her first levee of the season today at St. James's Palace, reports the Court Circular.

The Queen and Prince Albert traveled from Buckingham Palace, and were attended by their suite.  They were escorted by a "party of Life Guards."    The Dukes of Sussex and Cambridge and Prince George of Cambridge were present, as were the Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha and his elder son, the Hereditary Prince.

The levee took place in the Throne Room.  Prince Albert took his place by the Queen's side.  Several hundred people were presented to the Queen from diplomats and ambassadors to military personnel and members of the peerage.

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