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Arrival of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
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Arrival of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

Historic Photographs
David Oswald
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Arrival of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
Historic Photographs
1996
Arrival of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
The arrival at Aberdeen Harbour in September 1848 of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The original of this painting by the artist Peter Cleland is now in the possession of Aberdeen City Council. The Royal Family had traveled from London on the Royal Yacht - a wooden paddle steamer called 'Victoria and Albert', with the intention of berthing at Aberdeen and then proceeding by coach to Balmoral. The City's careful arrangements were thrown into disarray when the vessel made such good time under Captain John Cargill that she arrived on Thursday 7th September 1848 - a full day ahead of her expected arrival on the 8th. By good fortune the Harbour Engineer happened to be supervising another vessel when he recognised the Royal Yacht arriving. So that he could arrange its safe mooring and send messages to the Lord Provost George Thompson, bells in the city were set ringing and crowds rushed to the harbour to see the Queen and prince Albert.
Painting by Peter Cleland
D09_07
Aberdeen Local Studies
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