Royally to Play a Native Part
It was a miserable day. On 15 March 1848, sitting at her writing table in Buckingham Palace, the Queen wrote to Lord Melbourne on what turned out to be his last birthday. Melbourne, in ill health from a stroke suffered six years earlier, might have expected a cheering letter from his devoted royal protégée. What he received was a sombre message indeed. For only three weeks earlier, Louis-Philippe’s bourgeois ‘July’ monarchy had met its downfall in France. (At the time of Victoria’s letter, the ‘citizen-king’ and his wife had escaped to England, travelling aboard a British steamer under the names ‘Mr and Mrs Smith’.) When sending her birthday greetings, the Queen admitted that she could think of almost nothing but the worrying politics of revolution:
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