In the Small Library of Unlawater House, Newnham-on-Severn, sat one of the grandest old ladies in England last week, Walburga Ehrengarde Helena Lady Paget, 90, the last of Queen Victoria's intimate friends. Born in Berlin, daughter of Charles Frederic Anthony, Count de Hohenthal, she married Sir Augustus Berkeley Paget, British Minister to Copenhagen in 1860. In 1860 she helped Queen Victoria arrange the marriage of the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, to Princess Alexandra of Denmark. In 1928 she published her memoirs, The Linings of Life.

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