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it's funny what you can find when wandering around a cemetery just for a few minutes. this gravestone in edinburgh's rosebank cemetery reads:

'Sacred to the memory of Miss Ida Bonanomi, the faithful and highly esteemed dresser of Queen Victoria, who departed this life Oct 15th 1854, in the 37th year of her age, beloved and respected by all who knew her. This stone has been placed by Queen Victoria as a mark of her regard.'

I checked queen victoria's diaries online. an entry from october 15th 1854 reads:

'Saw Sir James Clark, who brought me a telegram with the sad news that my excellent maid Ida Bonanomi, whom I had had to leave at Holyrood as she had became so ill, not having been well at Balmoral before, — had died last night. It was a great shock to me, & I was thoroughly upset, for no one, including Sir James had apprehended any immediate danger. She was the kindest, gentlest, best being possible, & such a pleasant servant, so intelligent, so trustworthy & her calm, quiet manner had such a soothing effect, on my often over wrought nerves. To lose her thus, & so far away, surrounded only by strangers is too grievous. Everyone was shocked & grieved, for she was quite adored.'

Wendle says:

That's rather sweet and interesting!

11th Aug 2013, 11:03

Dania says:

Wow, what a find!

13th Aug 2013, 23:00

Dhamaka says:

a great find and really interesting

17th Aug 2013, 14:03