The Landing of HRH The Princess Alexandra at Gravesend, 7th March 1863

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The Landing of HRH The Princess Alexandra at Gravesend, 7th March 1863, by Henry Nelson O'Neil, 1864 - NPG 5487 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

The Landing of HRH The Princess Alexandra at Gravesend, 7th March 1863

by Henry Nelson O'Neil
oil on canvas, 1864
52 in. x 84 in. (1321 mm x 2134 mm)
Purchased, 1981
Primary Collection
NPG 5487


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This group of over fifty figures commemorates the arrival in England of Princess Alexandra of Denmark (1844-1925) for her marriage to the then Prince of Wales, later Edward VII. It shows the Prince leading his fiancee along the Terrace Pier at Gravesend, after her disembarkation from the royal yacht Victoria and Albert. The Prince and Princess are accompanied by her parents, the future King and Queen of Denmark (who stand immediately behind them) and other members of the Danish royal family, officials and dignitaries, and, as the Illustrated London News reported, a 'bevy of pretty maids, who, ranged on each side of the pier, awaited, with dainty little baskets filled with spring flowers, the arrival of the Princess, to scatter these, Nature's jewels, at the feet of the Royal lady'.

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