Two letters from Prince Albert to Brownlow, 2nd Marquess of Exeter KG.

The Marquess was Groom of the Stole to the Prince Consort from 1841-1846 and these letters convey the warm friendship which clearly existed between the two men. In one, dated 12th November 1843, sent after the birth of the Marquess’s youngest child, he enquires after the health of the Marchioness, before suggesting that he might stand as sponsor, or godfather, to the baby. In the other, dated 15th November 1843, the Prince, having been asked to suggest a name for the baby, replies, “I give you the name Victoria, the dearest to me”. In November of the following year, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert paid a three day visit to Burghley during which Prince Albert stood as sponsor to Lady Victoria Cecil at her christening in the Burghley Chapel.

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