|Lord & Lady Landsdowne and Lady de Grey take tea with the|
Earl of Pembroke at Wilton House, Wiltshire.
|HMY Victoria & Albert III 1899-1954|
In 1901, the year King Edward VII acceded to the throne, he and his wife Queen Alexandra travelled for the first time on HMY Victoria and Albert III. They crossed the English Channel to attend the funeral of the King’s sister, the Empress of Germany. Possibly the first member of the British royal family to own a camera, in 1885 Queen Alexandra was congratulated on her skill by Amateur Photographer magazine. In addition to compiling many photograph albums, she transferred some of her photos onto a tea service. Her photos are a delightful combination of stiff ‘firing squad’ poses of royal courtiers, mixed with tea parties, children playing and her husband relaxing with his royal relations from many nations. Edward VII also used the yacht for Royal Navy Fleet Reviews.
During a royal visit to Norway, little Crown Prince Olav, grandson of Edward VII and Alexandra, chatted to naval officers and the ship’s cat. He was the first heir to the Norwegian throne since the Middle Ages to grow up in Norway. As an adult, he won a gold medal for sailing at the 1928 Olympics in Amsterdam. He became king of Norway in 1957 and was nicknamed Folkekongen - "The People's King".
In 1906, King Edward VII met his nephew, the Tsar Nicholas II of Russia and his family, off the coast of Estonia on the Baltic Sea.
HMY Victoria and Albert III was also used by George V, Edward VIII and was withdrawn after George VI’s coronation Fleet Review of 1937. Although decommissioned in 1939, it was used as a depot ship during the Second World War and in 1954 broken up and replaced by HMY Britannia.
*His Majesty’s Yacht
|Queen Alexandra captioned this "The Lords of the Admiralty, Naval Review, 1907."|
|The Prince of Wales, his sons David and Albert - |
later Edward VIII and George VI, and King Edward VII,
the Royal Navy Admiral of the Fleet.
|Commodore George Keppel, husband of the king’s mistress Alice Keppel,|
and great grandfather of Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall on left with
the Duke of Connaught, son of Queen Victoria, reviewing the fleet off Cowes, 1907.
|In Norway, the captain hung a swing in the rigging for the royal ladies.|
|Princess Victoria, daughter of Alexandra, and her nephew Prince Olav, 1903.|
|Tsarevich Alexei Nikolaevich, dressed as a sailor, accompanied by Derevenko,|
a Russian Imperial Navy sailor whose job was to stop him from playing rough games.
|Czar of Russia's wife and daughters on board the royal yacht with |
Princess Viktoria of Shaumburg-Lippe, grand-daughter of Queen Victoria.
|Queen Alexandra, 1844-1925|
|Punting on the River Thames at Boulter's Lock,|
All photos from Queen Alexandra’s Christmas Gift Book, Photographs from my camera,
*His Majesty’s Yacht