Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld Signed Letter from Abergeldie Castle Scotland 1853 Mother of Queen Victoria
Charming letter written in German signed and dated Abergeldie Castle 29th August 1853 from Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld (1786-1861), to her cousin Count Alphonse de Mensdorff-Pouilly (1810–1894). The letter is written on stationery with an attractive engraving of Abergeldie Castle.
She was a German princess and the mother of Queen Victoria. Alphonse was was the son of Count Emmanuel von Mensdorff-Pouilly and Princess Sophie of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, the daughter of Francis, Duke of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Hence the family were related closely to the Belgian and British royal families.
In 1848 Prince Albert, Victoria's Consort, purchased the lease of the Abergeldie estate for 40 years, as Abergeldie was relatively close to the new royal Scottish residence of Balmoral.
"My very dear Alphonse,
Although I asked Alexander to thank you for your kind letter, I still want to do it myself. A thousand thanks for your good wishes to my old, indeed very old birthday. I wish I could stop the wheel of time than, when one gets older, appears to turn more and more quickly. I would ask you to give my regards to dear Resi and to thank her for her good wishes. I only saw dear Alexander for one and a half days. I found him, of course, changed, since I had not seen him for 6 years and also because of his serious illness. Yet the stay in Osborne seemed to have done him good. I was pleased he visited me here. The weather is, unfortunatley, very nasty which does not agree with my rheumatism. How are you, my dear Alphonse? And dear Resi and the little children? If you were not that far away from that beautiful island England, if I were not so old, what pleasure it would be for me to visit you. I wish Arthur could visit me here in the beautiful mountains. I am certain he would like it here. He would also find here much material for drawing. Were you not surprised abut the quite unexpected engagement of your Leissner?
Now I must quickly say farewell.
As always your ever loving aunt Victoria"
Size: 21 x 13 cm approx