When did Queen Victoria visit the Royal George?
Joan says: Princess Victoria
visited Knutsford In October 1832. She was only thirteen when she
visited the inn and was not Queen until 1837.
The inn was at that time called The George and Dragon - as careful
observers may see from the decorated plasterwork corners of the
I once wrote to the archivist at Windsor Castle
to ask if records showed that the inn was authorised to call itself
'Royal'; I was told that such things were seldom more than verbal
permission and nothing was recorded officially, however I was sent
a photocopy of the page from the young princesses diary, dated 19th
flowers and flags hung from the windows. At 12 we arrived at Knutsford
where we were most civilly received, the streets being sanded in
shapes which is peculiar to their town. We lunched there with Lord
Grey, son of Lord Stanford, Mr Willbraham and Mr Egerton. We left
at 6 minutes past 1; the yeomanry still accompanying us. 5 minutes
to 2. We just passed by a little village where my name was written,
not in ink but with flowers and pink bows. 20 minutes to 3. We have
just changed horses at Macclesfield, a large manufacturing town...
Extract from the library of
Windsor Castle, courtesy of Joan Leach.
(Quoted by kind permission of H.M. the Queen)