Buckingham Place, June 21st, 1897, Her Majesty's Dinner

Buckingham Place, June 21st, 1897, Her Majesty’s Dinner. Catalogue Ref: LC 2/146


Buckingham Palace. June 21st, 1897. Her Majesty’s Dinner.

[Tables transcribed left to right, seating transcribed clockwise.]

Queen’s Table

The Queen
The Prince of Naples
Princess of Wales
Grand Duke of Hesse
Grand Duchess Elizabeth Feodorovna of Russia
Prince Albert of Prussia, Regent of Brunswick
Grand Duchess of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Grand Duke Serge of Russia
Grand Duchess of Hesse
Crown Prince of Siam
Empress Frederic
The Archduke Francis Ferdinand of Austria


Prince of Wales’s Table

Prince of Wales
Princess Christian of Schleswig-Holstein
Grand Duke of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
Princess Frederica of Hanover
The Prince of Japan
Princess of Bulgaria
Duc d’Auerstadt (France), Special Ambassador
Princess Henry of Prussia
Prince Waldemar of Denmark
Duchess of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Prince Henry of Prussia
The Princess of Naples


Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha’s Table

Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha
Duchess of Connaught
Prince Rupert of Bavaria
Duchess of York
Duke of Oporto
Princess Victoria of Wales
The Hon. Whitelaw Reid, United States Special Ambassador
Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Meiningen
Prince Frederick Augustus, Duke of Saxony
Princess Louise (Duchess of Fife)
Grand Duke Cyril of Russia
Princess Louise (Marchioness of Lorne)


Duke of Connaught’s Table

Duke of Connaught
Duchess of Albany
Duke Albert of Wurtemberg
Princess Charles of Denmark
Crown Prince of Montenegro
Prince Charles of Ligne, Belgian Ambassador Extraordinary
Duke of Sotomayor, Spanish Special Ambassador
Monsignore Sumbucetti, Archbishop of Corinth, Papal Envoy
Hereditary Grand Duke of Luxemburg
Princess Adolphe of Schaumburg-Lippe
Prince Eugene of Sweden and Norway
Princess Beatrice, Princess Henry of Battenberg


Duke of York’s Table

Duke of York
Princess Frederick Charles of Hesse
Prince of Bulgaria
Princess Louis of Battenberg
Prince Alfred of Saxe-Coburg
M. de Staal (Russian Ambassador)
His Excellency Chang Ying Hun (China)
Prince Mohammed Ali Pacha of Egypt
Prince Amir Khan of Persia
Princess Victoria of Schleswig-Holstein
Prince Charles of Denmark
Duchess of Teck


Duke of Cambridge’s Table

Duke of Cambridge
Princess Feodore of Saxe-Meiningen
Prince Philip of Saxe-Coburg
Prince Edward of Saxe-Weimar
Duke of Teck
Munir Pacha (Turkish Envoy)
Count van Lynden
Duchess of Buccleuch (Mistress of the Robes)
Prince Aribert of Anhalt
Princess Hatzfeldt, Mistress of the Robes (to The Empress Frederic)
Prince Frederick Charles of Hesse
Princess Aribert of Anhalt


Marquis of Lorne’s Table

Marquis of Lorne
Count de Casa Valencia (Spanish Ambassador)
Prince Adolphus of Teck
Lord Chamberlain
Prince Francis of Teck
Baron von Pawel Rammingen
Anthopoulo Pacha (Turkish Ambassador)
Prince Alexander of Teck
Min Young hwan (Corean Envoy)
Duke of Fife
Prince Albert of Schleswig-Holstein
Countess Victoria Gleichen


Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein’s Table

Prince Christian of Schleswig-Holstein
Countess Feodore Gleichen
Prince Hermann of Saxe-Weimar
Count Deym (Austro-Hungarian Ambassador)
Prince Louis of Battenberg
Herr von Brauer
M. de Courcel (French Ambassador)
The Marquis of Salisbury
Mr Hay, United States Ambassador
General Ferero (Italian Ambassador)
The Archbishop of Finland
The Lord Steward
Prince Christian Victor of Schleswig-Holstein
Count Hatzfeldt (German Ambassador)
Prince Adolphe of Schaumburg-Lippe
Princess Victor of Hohenlohe

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Introduce the source as a ‘Mystery Document’ to the class. As the pupils to examine the document as an object, they do not need to read it at first.

  • What does it look like? (A diagram)
  • How is the text set out?
  • Is there a title? Point out key words.
  • Carefully read the title together
  • What do they think this source could be? (a banquet seating plan)
  • Why was this an important event?
  • What type of people are going to this dinner?
  • Can the pupils give some examples?
  • Name 6 countries which the guests come from
  • How do we know they are important?
  • What does the position of the tables suggest? (Queen at top table, her family nearest her, position reflects importance)

 Creative activity

  • Find some examples of menu cards on Google. Create your own illustrated menu for a celebration of your choice. What would different foods would you have to celebrate a birthday/festival/anniversary/wedding?