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Offline JamesAPrattIII

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Re: Gustav V of Sweden & Queen Victoria (Princess of Baden)
« Reply #120 on: January 26, 2016, 05:40:59 PM »
Here is a Swedish Lady in Waiting account from Over the Front Volume 1 Number 4

"I was still in bed when I heard aircraft and several strong explosions. I put on some clothes and ran out of my room, found a footman and told him to carry prince Lennart (the youngest Swedish prince) into the cellar and wake up the queen.
  After I had put on some more clothes, I saw from a window in the castle quite a few aircraft circling over the city. Many explosions were heard. Suddenly, two machines parted from the others did a wide turn to the right and flew straight over the castle, over the part where the Queen lived and where archduchess Louise had her rooms. The queen had just been awakened and stood by the window when the first bomb exploded. It fell just 80 steps from her window. Some windows were broken in the castle and glass splinters flew around her majesty. The castle walls were full of splinters. The bomb made a hole so big one could have put a horse in it. Shortly afterwards, another bomb exploded not far from the first. It was strange that the queen escaped without injuries. During the later parts of the attack the archduchess, the queen and the rest of us had taken refuge in the cellars."

Note the raid took place early in the morning

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Re: Gustav V of Sweden & Queen Victoria (Princess of Baden)
« Reply #121 on: January 28, 2016, 06:00:40 PM »
Gustav V and Victoria met with Nicholas and Alexandra in 1912 on the yacht Standart of the coast of Finland. it appears to have gone well.

Victoria had some advantages over Alexandra:

She didn't have most of the rest of her family bad mouthing her like the DE Maria F, Maria P, GD Nicholas N ect

Many upper class and conservative Swedes were pro-German before and during WW I

Most Swedes disliked Russians. A number of swedes before and during WW I provided help for Russian Revolutionaries.

The 1917 Revolutions in Russia were a big shock to Gustav V and many upper class and conservative Swedes. They realized they had to make changes or it could happen to them.