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West Front of Kensington Palace

West Front of Kensington Palace.jpg Queen Victoria - 1891ThumbnailsDeath of the Duke of Kent - Presenting the commons’ address of condolence to the Duchess at Kensington PalaceQueen Victoria - 1891ThumbnailsDeath of the Duke of Kent - Presenting the commons’ address of condolence to the Duchess at Kensington PalaceQueen Victoria - 1891ThumbnailsDeath of the Duke of Kent - Presenting the commons’ address of condolence to the Duchess at Kensington Palace

In the dawn of June 20th, 1837, immediately after the death of King William IV., the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Lord Chamberlain left Windsor for Kensington, to convey the tidings to his late Majesty’s successor. They reached the Palace about five o’clock in the morning, and knocked, rang, and beat at the doors several times before they could obtain admission. When at length the porter was aroused, the visitors were shown into one of the lower rooms, where a long time passed without any attention being paid them. Growing impatient, they rang the bell, and desired that the attendant on the Princess Victoria might be sent to inform her Royal Highness that they requested an audience on business of importance. Another long delay ensued, and again the bell was rung, that some explanation might be given of the difficulty which appeared to exist. On the Princess’s attendant making her appearance, she declared that her Royal Highness was in so sweet a sleep that she could not venture to disturb her. It was now evident that stronger measures must be taken, and one of the visitors said, “We have come on business of State to the Queen, and even her sleep must give way to that.” The attendant disappeared, and a few minutes afterwards the young sovereign came into the room in a loose white robe and shawl, her fair hair falling over her shoulders, her feet in slippers, her eyes dim with tears, but her aspect perfectly calm and dignified

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The Project Gutenberg EBook of The Life and Times of Queen Victoria; vol. 1 of 4, by Robert Wilson
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