19 January 2015

Vintage Royals: Prince Alfred Pitches Woo

A cartoon from a July 1873 issue of Punch, a satirical magazine, depicts the courtship of Prince Alfred, the second son of Queen Victoria, and Grand Duchess Maria Alexandrovna, daughter of Tsar Alexander II of Russia. Alfred wears his naval uniform and fiddles from the prow of a boat named Galatea, the Royal Navy frigate he commanded. Maria watches from a window decorated with the imperial arms of the House of Romanov and two bears, animals often used by Westerners to represent Russia