Victoria and Albert, Birth of the Princess Royal
Queen Victoria's Journal for 1st December 1840 reads-
Just before the early hours of the morning of the 21rst I felt very uncomfortable & with difficulty aroused Albert from his sleep, who after a while, got [Dr] Clark sent for. He came at 2, Albert bringing him into the Bedroom. Clark said he would go to [Dr] Lucock. Tried to get to sleep again, but by 4, I got very bad and both the Doctors arrived. My beloved Albert was so dear & kind. Lucock said the Baby was on the way & everything was all right. We both expressed joy that the event was at hand, & I did not feel at all nervous. After a good many hours suffering, a perfect little child was born at 2 in the afternoon, but alas! a girl & not a boy, as we both had so hoped & wished for. We were, I am afraid, sadly disappointed, but yet our hearts were full of gratitude, for God having brought me safely through my ordeal, & having such a strong, healthy child.
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