0Tuesday. 17th [August 1897]—3 Savile Row
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17 August 1897 — 3 Savile Row
Tuesday. 17th [August 1897]. Reached Cologne at 7.55 A.M. and Frankfort at 12.50. There we waited an hour & took the train to Cronberg where we arrived at 3 & found carriages for luggage, maid & ourselves waiting for us. In about 5 minutes we got to Schloss Friedrichshof & were received by Baron & Baroness                & Countess Margarethe Perponcher in the hall—where the dear Empress soon joined us. On the steps outside were the house keeper a comely dame in black with a white cap & flowing white veil & 8 men servants. Her Majesty herself conducted me to my room apologising that there was no sitting room to give me—but I told her I was not so spoilt as to require one. I had a dressing room attached & also a bathroom. Ola has a room above mine to which one mounts by a small wooden stairs. I rested till 4.30 when I dressed & went down to tea. I asked to be let off driving & returned to my room & Ola drove with H.M. By dinner I was quite rested. We dined at 8.15 or as they called it here—supped– At 9.30 after H.M. had taken me round the rooms & we had sat a short while in the hall we retired to bed– I sleep in an old English Oak bed a four poster with cramoisie hangings trimmed with work done by H.M. & Princess Alice in old days.

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