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Re: Multilingual household
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Prince Michael of Kent who states that the then Princess Alexandra of Denmark had to come to Windsor and spend some time alone with Queen Victoria. It was part of "interview proces". So Princess Alexandra most certainly would have been conversant in English before the engagement. Prince Michael also states that for her marriage she came to the U.K. alone. In the sense that she didn't have any Danish servants stay with her. Queen Victoria did not want Princess Alexandra to have anyone with whom to speak Danish. Prince Michael's comments come from documentary on King Christian IX. As to her accent, if faint or strong, I can't comment.
When the 16-year-old Alexandra of Denmark first met Queen Victoria's daughter Vicky, the latter reported to her mother that Alexandra "spoke English without the slightest accent". However, Alexandra's biographer Georgina Battiscombe states that she spoke English "with a very heavy Danish accent and continued to do so until the day of her death".
It's possible that Alexandra was on her very best behaviour when she met the Crown Princess as a 16 year old girl and was extra careful with her pronounciation of her (presumably) recently acquired knowledge of English. Later in life, when she no longer had to make an impression, she may have simply lapsed into what,for her, may have been more natural and instinctive ways of talking hence the re-emergence of her native accent. Both accounts therefore may have been equally valid.