Food historian and chef Ivan Day helps Rosemary recreate an amazing, elaborate, feast of a dish: spit-roast beef with an elaborate garnish of truffles and crayfish. It was created by one of Victoria’s own chefs for grand occasions like this royal visit.
The first official public visit that Victoria made after the sad death of her beloved husband Prince Albert; she still felt his loss keenly. She writes that the feeling of "loneliness when I saw no room for my darling, and felt I was indeed alone and a widow, overcame me very sadly!"
Russia was at war with Turkey - putting at risk vital trade routes to India - and Victoria was having none of it! The cabinet was adjourned until two days after Victoria’s visit and when they did meet to decide the matter, not surprisingly Victoria’s backing paid off.