Lady Lyttelton in City of London - 30 October, 1849

from Letter from Lady Sarah Lyttelton to Mrs. W.E. [Catherine] Gladstone, 5 November 1849, pages 394–395:

You want to know about the royal city visit? It was magnificent, and delightful to see and hear. To me, who have little experience in such scenes, it was really most impressive. […] Everybody in full dress, …   more >>

cite as

Sarah Spencer Lady Lyttelton, Letter from Lady Sarah Lyttelton to Mrs. W.E. [Catherine] Gladstone, 5 November 1849. In Hon. Mrs. Hugh Wyndham (ed.), Correspondence of Sarah Spencer, Lady Lyttelton 1787–1870 (London, 1912), p. 394–395. accessed: 23 June, 2024

location of experience: City of London


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

Listening to

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'God Save the Queen' performed by a succession of bands
ringing of bells

Experience Information

Date/Time 30 October, 1849
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, outdoors, in public


The occasion described here was the opening of the new Coal Exchange in the City of London. Queen Victoria was prevented from attending due to illness, so the building was opened by Prince Albert, accompanied by Victoria, Princess Royal, and Edward, Prince of Wales. The children were making their first public appearance at a state ceremony. 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 17:47:37 +0000
Approved on Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:12:22 +0000