An Irish Public Works Bureau (OPW) file auctioned at Whytes auction houses in Dublin in 2011 describes the panic and huge organization that went with Queen Victoria’s visit to Ireland 111 years ago.
The April 1900 documents describe the “misplaced” royal yacht and the final preparations.
These documents are being sold by an Irishman who lives in the United States. He inherited it from his father.
The file contains 200 letters, memos and telegrams that go back and forth in preparation for the visit. They describe everything from the yacht to the royal railway line to the right suit jacket to be worn for the occasion.
They are sure to be nerve-wracking read for those involved in organizing their great-great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II’s visit to Ireland this May.
Her ancestor visited April 4-26, but Queen Elizabeth will only be staying for three days, beginning May 17, just before President Obama’s trip to the Green Island.
Telegrams between London and Dublin show that the royal yacht was temporarily “lost” just days before the 1900 visit. The Admiralty in London informed Dublin that the yacht had already been dispatched. the
Irish officials replied they couldn’t find it. Two days later I received a telegram from London confirming that the yacht was indeed in the south of England.
In Dun Laoghaire in the north of Dublin, a city that was then called Kingstown, an expensive wooden pier was built especially for the Queen. The workers worked all night and until the queen arrived so she didn’t have to go up a slope. The OPW said the work was “very unsatisfactory”.
The OPW called for the bill to be cut if the builders refused to agree on a price.
The file also contains instructions on how to keep the noise of the train whistles low and the honking of the mail ships so that Queen Victoria is not disturbed.
Another telegram indicated that the Harbor Commissioners of Ireland had issued special flags from a. ordered
Southhampton Flag Maker. The answer was short and sweet. SW Wolff said, “We can’t make the flags we need, we’re so busy.”
Auctioneer Ian Whyte told the BBC: “There seems to have been a great deal of panic among officials about Queen Victoria’s visit. They wanted to know the length of the royal yacht so they could build a special place in the harbor … Then became the Admiralty relocated. ” The boat. Back then there were neither computers nor tracking devices. “
He continued, “The gang plank had to be level so that Her Majesty wouldn’t have to go up a slope. They built a special plank to see the tides, and it was a lot of money.”
The visit also meant many new orders for the local construction companies. Whyte described them as “rubbing their hands together for joy”. With a $ 6.99 million bill for increased security, changes to locations, and additional staff being allocated during Queen Elizabeth’s visit, it is doubtful that much has changed in 111 years.