Death of the Duchess of Kent.
's mother, Maria Louisa Victoria
, died on Saturday,March 16th, at her residence, Frogmore, near Windsor Castle
An incurable cancer, which had long preyed upon her, has at last proved fatal.
As the mother of the honored lady who fills the British
throne, she has always been regarded with interest.
Old King George the Third had fifteen sons and daughters, and yet in 1818, after the death of the Princess Charlotte, there were fears that there would be no lineal descendants of his to wear the crown.
Only three of his sons were then married.
The Prince Regent
had lost his only child, and was separated from his wife.
was separated from his duchess the Duke
was divorced and widowed, and the marriage of the Duke
being without the royal assent, availed nothing for the succession.--So there was haste made to marry the other surviving royal children, none of whom were young.
It was even thought desirable to get a husband for the Princess Elizabeth.
who was forty-eight years old, and she was married to the Prince
of Hesse Homburg
of Clarence (late William IV.) married the Princess Adelaide, of Saxe Meiningen
, who bore him no children.
married the Princess Augusta, of Hesse
, who is still living, and has three children.
, who was older than the Duke
, married the lady whose death is just announced.
None of the Royal
marriages thus arrange pleased the English
people, except that of the Duke
The lady selected for him was the daughter of the Duke
, widow of the Prince
of Leiningen, and sister of Prince Leopold, the husband of the lamented Princess Charlotte, now King
of the Belgians.
The marriage took place at Cobourg
, May 29th, and at London
, July 11th, 1818 A daughter, the present Queen
, was born May 24th, 1819, and the Duke
died on the 23d of the following January.--The Duchess
, thus a second time a widow, devoted herself to the care and training of her infant daughter, and it was, in a great degree, due to her admirable motherly discipline and careful education, that the Princess Victoria was so well fitted to occupy the throne at the early age of eighteen.
has always been popular with the English
people, and her death will create real sorrow among them.
She was born August 17th, 1786, so that she was in her seventy- fifth year.
The courts of England
, and numerous others, will be placed in mourning by her decease.