Duchess of York (1900-2002) and Princess Elizabeth of York (1926- ) leaving Westminster Abbey after attending the annual Maundy service(04.28.1935)with Dr. William Foxley Norris (1859-1937)
Princess Beatrice, the youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, spent her second birthday at Buckingham Palace. Her mother wrote an account of the day in her journal: ‘We went to fetch her from the schoolroom, where she stood with 2 nosegays in her hand, surrounded by her sisters, looking a great little duck in a little pink silk frock, with her little curls so nicely arranged … Baby was delighted with her toys, running about with a Pussy, she called a rabbit.’ Princess Beatrice later had a party with four girls her own age. They ‘ran about in the Lower Corridor, after their supper and had great fun together.’
Princess Beatrice in the clothes worn at the Thanksgiving Service for the recovery of the Prince of Wales from typhoid fever, which was held at St Paul’s Cathedral on 27 February 1872. Her costume was described in the press as ‘a dress and jacket of rich mauve silk, trimmed with swan’s down, and a white hat trimmed with mauve and white feathers.’ Queen Victoria commented that ‘Beatrice looked very nice.’
Princess Beatrice playing the harmonium at Osborne during the winter of 1881, when she was nearly twenty-four. The Princess was a talented musician and composer: among her works were a ‘Kyrie’, some songs, a chant written for Psalm CXXVIII, and the hymn sung at the christening of Prince Henry, later Duke of Gloucester, on 17 May 1900. This was sung again at the christening of his son, Prince William, on 22 February 1942.
A young Princess Elizabeth photographed by Cecil Beaton in 1939. Writing in his diary, Beaton said of the young heir: “Princess Elizabeth’s easy charm, like her mother’s, does not carry across in her photographs, and each time one sees her one is delighted to find how much more serene, magnetic, and at the same time meltingly sympathetic she is than one had imagined…One misses, even in colour photographs, the effect of the dazzlingly fresh complexion, the clear regard from the glass-blue eyes, and the gentle, all pervading sweetness of her smile.”