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Home-coming of their Royal Highnesses the Duke and Duchess of Edinburgh 29 Aug 1874

Saturday, August 29, 1874

At a quarter to two started in the landau and four with Beatrice and Lady Abercroinby, Brown in full dress on the rumble. It was raining, so we kept the carriage shut, but there were decided symptoms of clearing, and by the time we reached Ballater the sun began to shine, and the rain ceased as I got out.

The train with Alfred and Marie had already arrived, and Marie got out as I advanced. Alfred was already out of the carriage. I kissed them, and then, with Marie, Alfred, and Beatrice, got in again, the carriage being open, and it was very fine. Marie wore a brown travelling dress with a hat. When we reached the bridge we went slowly. The Ballater company of volunteers, to the number of thirty (kilted in Farquharson tartan), were next it, and from here to the arch, and beyond it, stood all our people in full dress with their families, and all the tenants of the three estates with theirs, also the ladies and gentlemen. The pipers walked in front playing, and our keepers and others, who wore full dress, on either side (Brown remaming in his place on the carriage), followed by all the other people.

In this way we proceeded through the arch up to Balmoral, just as when Helena arrived, only then there were fewer people. Leopold was in his carriage. We got out at the door of the Castle, and then Dr. Robertson proposed the health of Alfred and Marie, which was drunk by all with cheers. Then two reels were danced, after which we look Marie and Alfred to their rooms downstairs, and sat with them while they had tea.

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