In mid-February, when the birth was imminent, Leopold, Helen and the Princess of Waldeck, settled into Windsor Castle. At half-past six, on the evening of 25 February 1883, Helen gave birth to a healthy baby girl, with tick, dark air. Leopold had always loved children, and was the kindest uncle and godafther. Now he was a father himself and his pleasure was boundless, even though he had hoped for a boy; he wrote to everyone, describing “the young Stranger…. a very large child, & said to resemble very much the old Royal Family, though it has the dark brown hair, & a great deal of its Mother.” The christening did take place as planned, in the private chapel at Windsor, though the Queen was in a wheelchair having hurt her leg, and Leopold was on crutches, but Louisa Knightley noticed how happy he looked. It would be the last happy moment at Windsor for some time.
Queen Victoria’s youngest son : the untold story of Prince Leopold by Charlotte Zeepvat.