Waiting For The Heir


‘As the birth of their child approached, no doubt the Princess was caught up in the excitement, largely generated from Windsor, of preparations and arrangements. She probably felt important, interviewing nurses, appointing a governess as head of the nursery establishment, and ordering, from a carefully prepared list, what the Queen called “childbed linnin”. A month before the birth, the Lord Chamberlain was told to order a cradle. “Tell him”, wrote the Queen, “I, as an experienced woman in such matters, say it should be without rockers to it.”
[an extract from ‘Prinny’s Daughter: A Biography of Princess Charlotte of Wales’ by Thea Home]

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