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Symons, S - Queen Victoria in Cornwall

Symons, S - Queen Victoria in Cornwall
Mrs B. & daughter have seen many books on Queen Victoria the last couple of decades. This one is a true little gem: On the evening of Friday 4 September 1846, the royal yacht Victoria and Albert steamed into the harbour at Falmouth in Cornwall flying the royal standard. On board were Queen Victoria, her husband Prince Albert, and their two eldest children – five-year-old Vicky (Victoria, princess royal) and four-year-old Bertie (Albert Edward, prince of Wales). Their arrival was part of the royal visit to Cornwall when Victoria came ashore to see the sights, meet the local aristocracy in their great houses, and patronise local industries. With COLOUR ILLUSTRATIONS, sketch maps, and family trees, the book should appeal to anyone who likes history, or follows royalty, or enjoys sightseeing in Cornwall. Queen Victoria in Cornwall is an account of the royal visit and follows in Victoria’s footsteps to revisit the sights she saw. The queen went to Cotehele House near Saltash, preserved Tudor mansion of the royal courtier Lord Mount Edgcumbe; toured the spectacularly scenic island castle of St Michael’s Mount near Penzance; and watched a fishing net being drawn beneath Pendennis Castle at Falmouth. At Restormel Castle near Lostwithiel she descended to the working face of an iron mine; and at Place House in Fowey met the industrialist who was known as The King of Mid-Cornwall. There was huge public interest in Victoria’s young son. As the eldest son of the sovereign Bertie was the duke of Cornwall from birth and the first duke to visit Cornwall for two hundred years. Victoria was a keen observer and her comments about the terrifying narrow Cornish lanes, perpendicular hills, and strange sounding Cornish people still resonate today. She wrote in her journal that the Cornish ‘are a very talkative race, and speak a sort of English, hardly to be understood.’ Paperback edition, 172 pages, size 14x22cm, illustrated with family trees, in English.
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