Lady Lyttelton et al. in Windsor Castle - late January, 1842

from Letter from Lady Sarah Lyttelton, 27 January 1842, page 325:

He [Frederick William IV] seems indeed a Christian King—a beautiful sight. The march played after his health at dessert daily is a solemn ancient German air, the name being “Der Landesvater,” which Prince Albert had the right head and heart to chuse as the fit music to play in his praise. And the King’s countenance while it was being played is delightful. He is very ugly, but the expression beautiful, and is as full of fun all the time as a boy.

cite as

Sarah Spencer Lady Lyttelton, Letter from Lady Sarah Lyttelton, 27 January 1842. In Hon. Mrs. Hugh Wyndham (ed.), Correspondence of Sarah Spencer, Lady Lyttelton 1787–1870 (London, 1912), p. 325. accessed: 3 March, 2024

location of experience: Windsor Castle


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

Listening to

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'Der Landesvater'

Experience Information

Date/Time late January, 1842
Medium live
Listening Environment in the company of others, in private, indoors


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 17:25:24 +0000
Approved on Thu, 08 Nov 2018 12:09:26 +0000