April 3, 1900

On April 3, 1900, the boat carrying Queen Victoria for her third-ever visit to Ireland – and her first since 1861 – set down anchor in Dublin Bay. Documents from the Irish Office of Public Works recently emerged and indicate that her ship went off course on its way to Ireland, resulting in a longer voyage. It was the time of her annual trip to France, but she had been advised not to do so as mainland European opinion of her was low in light of the Boer War. She stayed in Ireland, touring, until April 26th. It was the last visit by a member of the British monarchy until Queen Elizabeth II’s trip to Ireland in May 2011.

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