THE ROYAL VISIT


When the "Alfred" arrived at Melbourne on 24 February, 1850, one of her cabin passengers was the young Prince Frederick of Schleswig- Holstein-Sonderburg-Augustenburg travelling incognito as Lt. Frederick Gronwald.

His Highness had been farewelled by his father at Plymouth. They had arrived there from Savernake Forest, the seat of the Marquis of Ailesbury. Their Highnesses also went on a tour of short visits to other noblemen in the neighbourhood prior to the departure of the 19 year old prince on a voyage to the southern hemisphere in the care of Captain Stanley Carr.

Whilst in Adelaide, Prince Frederick, attended by Capt. Carr ( who was the bearer of despatches from Earl Grey for the Australian Governors ), had an audience with his Excellency Sir Henry Young.

In Melbourne they took up abode at the Prince of Wales and diligently engaged in making themselves acquainted with the country in the immediate vicinity of the city, making early visits to St. Kilda and Brighton.

They then took the steamer to Geelong in company with Dr. Black and William Westgarth, members of the committee for German Immigration. After a stormy passage the party reached their destination late at night and took up residence at Mack's Hotel, where Dr. Alexander Thomson, the Mayor, had already engaged several comfortable apartments.

Next morning they heard a discourse from the Rev. Andrew Love at the Scots Church. That afternoon they took a drive over the Barrabool Hills as far as the Swiss Vineyard and were shown over the large estate of Mr. Haines.

After breakfasting with the Mayor on the following morning, the Prince and his friends returned by the forenoon steamer to Melbourne, all apparently much pleased with the excursion.

On the 27 July, when Prince Frederick and Capt. Carr arrived in Sydney on the "Shamrock", a royal salute was fired by "HMS Fly". They were the guests of His Excellency the Governor prior to the Prince's departure on the "Bank of England" for Europe via India.

Prince Frederick was a grandson of Queen Matilda, sister of George III and the brother of the then Queen of Denmark. He later married Adelaide, daughter of Ernest, Prince of Hoenlohe-Langenburg and his wife Feodore ( Princess of Leiningren and half-sister of Queen Victoria ) and left issue, including Augusta Victoria who married William II (Kaiser Bill), German Emperor and King of Prussia.

Frederick's younger brother, Prince Christian, married Princess Helena Augusta Victoria, one of Queen Victoria's daughters.

References:
Argus ( 26.2.1850, 1.3.1850, 6.3.1850, 7.3.1850 )
Geelong Advertiser ( 5.3.1850 )
Grant, Don - manuscripts ( private possession )
South Australian Register ( 1.2.1850, 2.2.1850 )
Sydney Morning Herald ( 29.7.1850, 30.7.1850 )
Weir, Alison "Britain's Royal Families" London, 1989
Williamson, David "Debrett's Kings and Queens of Europe" Exeter, 1988

Contributed by Alexander Romanov-Hughes ( PPPG Member No. 52 )


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