1889 Royal visit

Queen Victoria made her last visit to Wales in 1899 and stayed at Palé near Bala (the home of Mr Robinson). She was accompanied by Prince Henry and his wife. (see Country Quest, 1992)
23.8.1889        Friday. Arrived at Llanderfel by train at 8 am
24.8.1889        Visited Ruabon and Wrexham
25.8.1889        Sunday
26.8.1889        Visited Llangollen and Corwen
27.8.1889        Left Llanderfel by train for Balmoral

Llangollen. A doll, dressed in Welsh costume was presented to Princess Victoria of Battenberg (presumably the two year-old daughter of Prince Henry) by Lady Martin on behalf of Mrs Owens of Llangollen
The Times, Tuesday August 27th, 1889, page 8
North Wales Chronicle 31.8.1889 (no mention of Welsh costume (or doll))

At Bryntisilio during the stay of the Queen, Lady Martin gave a doll dressed in Welsh costume to Princess Beatrice as an offering from Mrs Owen of Llangollen to her Royal Highnesses’ little daughter, Princess Victoria of Battenberg. [sic] North Wales Chronicle, August 31, 1889

‘With the Queen in Lovely Llangollen and Beautiful Bala’
Penny Illustrated Paper, 31.8.1889

Engraving of Queen Victoria listening to massed harps played by the Roberts family at Palé
(see, Davies, John, Victoria and Victorian Wales, in Geraint H Jenkins and J Beverly Smith (eds), Politics and Society in Wales, 1840-1922, p. 24)

{Lady members of the Llandderfel choir wore Welsh costume for their performance to the Queen}
The editor, Bye-gones: Relating to Wales and the Border Counties, 1889-90, p. 227

The Queen was so impressed by the Llanderfall choir that she invited them to Pale again. The choir was photographed in their Welsh costume at the request of the Queen and she will present a copy to each of the 50 members of the choir. The choir master was Mr W.T. Jones.
Western Mail, August 28, 1889

Not the least interesting feature of this aspect of the ceremony and characteristic of Welsh costume and manners was a group of seven women, averaging eighty years, with a dame at their head who had reached one year short of ninety, and who, as representing the others, was clad in the national cloak of red of historic fame. The idea of this interesting item, it is said, was due to Mrs Lloyd, of Tynycoed, wife of the senior churchwarden, and that to further her wishes Mr Abraham, the owner of the Belle Vue estate, allotted a prominent part in his grounds for the ancient dames.
Cambrian News and Merionethshire Standard, 30.8.1889

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