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    Edward VII Archive of Handwritten and Signed Telegrams to Queen Victoria. Over 20 telegrams from Victoria's eldest son, written over the course of November and December of 1894. Edward had travelled to Russia in early November 1894, for both the funeral of Alexander III and the wedding of Nicholas II. Most have good content regarding his travel plans and relaying news about the Russian royal family.

    On November 7, 1894, he sent a telegram to Victoria at Balmoral: "Thanks for Telegram. Will let you know about Wedding from Petersburg. Date not yet settled. Will gladly represent you at Funeral. Lord Chamberlain should arrive not later than 14th. Just starting for Sevastopol. Albert Edward."

    As plans for the funeral and wedding unfolded, Edward kept his mother informed. On the 13th he wrote, "Arrived here at 10 this morning. Funeral procession on foot to Fortress lasted 4 hours then service [illegible] an hour. Last ceremony probably Monday or Tuesday. Damp & dark weather. We are all well. Albert Edward." Two days later, on the 15th, he informed her that the funeral would be held on Monday (November 18) and the wedding would be on the 25th.

    Following Alexander III's funeral on the 18th, he again telegrammed his mother, to make any last arrangements for the wedding: "Minny and Alix will of course be present at Wedding on 26th and Alix delighted to represent you if you will let her know your wishes. Albert Edward." Unfortunately, Edward wasn't overly descriptive about the wedding, only sending his mother a quick note on the 26th, saying: "Wedding over at 2. Most impressive. Alicky looked lovely..."

    This group provides an interesting look into the relationship and communication between Queen Victoria and her eldest son, as well as providing a fantastic look at a vastly important period in European history. Just twenty years later, the Russian Revolution would bring about the demise of the Romanov dynasty. Many historians have wondered if events would have turned out differently had Alexander III not died prematurely, leading to the disastrous rule of Nicholas and Alexandra. From the Estate of Malcolm S. Forbes.

    Condition: Documents range from good to very fine. Some letters have various degrees of toning. Some minor wear and paper loss where telegrams have been torn out of a larger booklet, not affecting any text.


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