1 month ago In 1893 the royal sisters Victoria (left) and Maud (right) might have felt a bit overlooked, in lack of better words. Their brother George - the later king George V - had just married Mary of Teck in July that year. Their elder sister Louise, princess royal, had married the Duke of Fife in 1889. Their elder brother Albert Victor, the heir presumptive, had died of pneumonia in 1892. Left were the two younger sisters, neither with any immediate marriages in sight.
Maybe this is why their mother, then princess Alexandra (middle), brought them along for a cruisetrip to Norway in the autumn of 1893. The HMY Osborne brought them first for a trip around Western Norway, to see the legendary fjords, stave churches and waterfalls, and then to Oslo, before heading for a family visit to Denmark.
On August 18, 1893 they arrived at their first destination: Stavanger in South-West of Norway. Since Alexandra was born princess of Denmark and to be the queen of Great Britain, the Norway trip was well covered in the Norwegian press, even though the idea was to travel incognito. The attires of the three royal ladies were in large described as smart walking suits and "tailormades" all through the trip, in the vein of what they use here. I can't tell if this photo is from the very trip, or another cruise. It looks slightly later, but it still gives the idea of their appearance together.
Note too that young Maud, half a head lower than her sister and mother, appears to be the tallest. She has sneakily climbed up a step for the photo.