1902 June Footnotes

[1] The Bois de la Cambre is an urban public park on the edge of the Sonian Forest in Brussels, Belgium. On 17 June 1815, on the eve of the Battle of Waterloo, English soldiers played a cricket match on a ground located in the area currently covered by the park. Ever since, this area has been called la Pelouse des Anglais (“The Englishmen’s Lawn”), although few are aware of the name.

[2] Henriëtte Ronner-Knip (1821 – 1909) was a Dutch-Belgian artist in the Romantic style who is best known for her animal paintings; especially cats.

[3] On 24 June 1902, and two days before his coronation, King Edward VII (aka ‘Bertie) was diagnosed with appendicitis and underwent an emergency operation.  Thankfully, the operation was a complete success and the king was smoking cigars in his bed the following day – although the coronation had to be postponed and did not take place until 9 August 1902.

 

 

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