Royal Visits

Queen Victoria made many visits to Netley hospital.

Here are the dates she visited according to her diary entries:



 19th May 1856 Laid the foundation stone

8th May 1863

28th January 1864

20th July 1865

9th August 1867

16th April 1874

11th August 1879

20th August 1881

29th November 1882

16th May 1885

11th February 1898

14th May 1898

3rd December 1898

27th February 1900

16th May 1900.


Evening Mail 10th March 1858
Jersey Independant 18th July 1859
Hampshire Advertiser May 21st 1863
Hampshire Telegraph 30th January 1864
Naval and Military Gazette 29th July 1865
Naval and Military Gazette 24th August 1867
1874 The Queen visiting the invalids from the Ashantee war

Here is a photo taken on 9th June 2013 of the quilt made by Queen Victoria. The plaque says:

Quilt Knitted by Her Most Gracious Majesty Queen Victoria and Presented By Her To The Royal Victoria Hospital Netley A.D. 1882


It is now at the Army Museum.

Grantham Journal 23rd December 1882 Quilts from the Queen.
The Pictorial World December 23rd 1882
May 9th 1863 The Queen visiting the hospital The Illustrated London News Jubilee edition June 13th 1887
British Medical Journal March 25th 1893
Queen Victoria visited many times and on this occasion is conferring the Victoria Cross on Piper Findlater and Private Vickery for their actions at the Battle of the Dargai Heights in 1897.

The Standard April 1st 1898


December 4th 1898
Pte. A.E. Cole from Canada. February 28th 1900 Herald newspaper.

More about the Royal Visits here: 1900 Lt. Col. E. Roberts

July 28th 1900 Herald


From Duncan McNair is an extract from the Times Newspaper dated Friday August 5th 1904:

 Yesterday afternoon Queen Alexandra, accompanied by the Prince of Wales, Princess Victoria, the Marquis de Soveral, and Rear - Admiral Sir A. Berkeley Milne, visited the Royal Victoria Hospital Netley for the purpose of inspecting the new quarters of Queen Alexandra's nursing service. The party arrived from Cowes about 2 o'clock on board the Royal yacht Osborne, but owing to the thunderstorm which broke over Southampton Water, remained on board until 4 15 p.m., when they proceeded ashore in two steam pinnace’s landing at Netley Harbour. Although the visit was purely private the villagers mustered in good numbers on the shore to see the Queen enter a carriage which was in waiting. The Royal, visitors drove to the main entrance of the hospital where they were received by Sir Edmond Townsend, principal medical officer ; Lieutenant - Colonel Twiss, R.M.C, and other officers. They were afterwards conducted over the nurses' new quarters, subsequently - passing through the surgical and medical departments. The visit lasted over an hour, at the end of which time the party re-embarked on board the Osborne. A handsome bouquet was placed in the Queen's carriage. 

Cambrian News 23rd July 1915 Princess Henry of Battenburg.

Here are details of a visit by the King and Queen and Princess Mary in 1917 (from the Illustrated War News)

The Daily Record August 1917
Western Mail September 1917 .

There is lots to see on my Facebook page too:

Royal Victoria Hospital & Military Cemetery at Netley

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