Scottish Country Dancing Dictionary

The Princess Royal

Scottish Country Dance Instruction

THE PRINCESS ROYAL (R8x28) 3C (4C set) RSCDS Book 2

1- 8 1s petronella turn into middle and set, petronella turn to 2nd place opposite sides and set (2s step up 5-6)
9-16 2s+1s+3s circle 6H round and back
17-24 2s+1s+3s advance for 2 steps and retire; 1s ½ turn RH to own sides and 2s+1s+3s clap (one, two, three; one, two, three)
25-28 2M+1M+3M also 2L+1L+3L circle 3H round to the Left on own sides

(MINICRIB. Dance crib compiled by Charles Upton, Deeside Caledonian Society, and his successors)

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Note that this dance was collected c. 1850. In the mid-19th century, the title "The Princess Royal" referred to Victoria, Princess Royal (1840-1901), the eldest daughter of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

Born on November 21, 1840, her full name was Victoria Adelaide Mary Louisa. In 1858, she married German Crown Prince Friedrich Wilhelm of Prussia, later Emperor Frederick III. As the Princess Royal, Victoria played a significant diplomatic role in fostering relations between Britain and Germany. She had a keen interest in cultural and social affairs, patronizing the arts and supporting various charitable causes.

In her later years, she became the German Empress and Queen of Prussia, although her husband's reign was brief due to his illness. The Princess Royal's lineage is notable for its impact on European royal connections during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Princess Royal
The Princess Royal, c. 1895/6

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