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The English people have but just awakened to the fact that the elder of the two sons of the Prince of Wales is a probable heir to the throne, and that he is, as such, an interesting person. At the same time they remember, with a mixture of amusement and amazement, that they know almost nothing about him. In fact, they are rather puzzled when it is necessary to speak of him, to know how he is to be called. He is, in full, Prince Albert Victor Christian Edward. He used to be styled Prince Albert Victor of Wales. Popularly he has been known as Prince Victor. When he was studying on board the Britannia he was called Prince Edward. Out of the abundance of titles it is not easy to make a choice, and the British public seem to be as much ‘ ‘ at sea,” metaphorically, as the Prince now is literally, in attempting to discover anything gossipy about one who, if he lives long enough, will be the ruler of a vast empire. The Prince was born at Frogmore Lodge, Windsor, on the Bth of January, 1864, and has, therefore, nearly completed his sixteenth year. He was born and has lived—that is all the English people know about him. Occasionally he has accompanied his parents in their travels here and there, and his features have excited some mild interest in the family photographs. But in general his history and person are unknown, and his life has been as obscui’e as that of any boy in the kingdom. What has now drawn attention to him is his sailing in company with his brother, whom all English folk know as Prince George of Wales, on a voyage round the world. The two Pr.'nces have been trained on board the Britannia, and they now go as cadet midshipmen on the ship Bacchante, which sailed from Portsmouth harbour on the 18th of September, and proceeded to Portland, whence after a week spent in drill, the ship started for a short cruise in the Mediteranean and is to pass the winter in the West Indies. Of course very little will be heard from the young Princes while they are absent on this voyage, and they will return a year or two hence, tall striplings, one of them just coming into manhood. As they are the only sons of the Prince of Wales, the succession would pass, in case of their death, to the daughters, and once again the British throne would be occupied by a 'womaq,—“Boston Advertiser,”

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A FTTURE KING., Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 79, 27 March 1880

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A FTTURE KING. Ashburton Guardian, Volume 1, Issue 79, 27 March 1880