Lady Lyttelton in Palace of Westminster - 28 August, 1839

from Letter from Lady Sarah Lyttleton to her daughters, 28 August 1839, pages 287–288:

The prorogation was very fine. Beyond my expectations, though the House of Lords is a shabby poky little place enough, compared to the old burnt down one. The day was glorious, till after all was over, when we had a deluge. The finest moment I thought was while the Queen, dressed in crimson velvet and ermine, advanced through the entrances and passages, at a slow pace, alone, preceded and followed by all the Court and Ministers. Lord Melbourne (who begins to look picturesquely old) with the Sword of State. The Blues and Beefeaters and all the splendour of her entourage …   more >>

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Sarah Spencer Lady Lyttelton, Letter from Lady Sarah Lyttleton to her daughters, 28 August 1839. In Hon. Mrs. Hugh Wyndham (ed.), Correspondence of Sarah Spencer, Lady Lyttelton 1787–1870 (London, 1912), p. 287–288. accessed: 26 May, 2024

location of experience: Palace of Westminster


Lady Lyttelton
Governess to Queen Victoria's children 1842-50, Lady of the Bedchamber 1838-42

Listening to

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Trumpets at the prorogation of parliament

Experience Information

Date/Time 28 August, 1839
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, indoors, in public


Lady Sarah Spencer married William Henry Lyttelton on 3 March 1813, after which she was known as Lady Lyttelton. He succeeded his half-brother as 3rd Baron Lyttelton in 1828. After her husband’s death, Lady Sarah became Lady of the Bedchamber to Queen Victoria, and, from 1842, governess to the Queen’s children.

Originally submitted by lcc5 on Mon, 05 Nov 2018 16:13:34 +0000
Approved on Thu, 08 Nov 2018 11:50:17 +0000