The King grows increasingly frustrated with his limited role as a constitutional monarch. His attempt at engineering a grand alliance with Germany is successful at one level but ultimately rejected by the Government who still see his His Majesty as someone not to be taken seriously. Still searching for some way to make an impact, the King announces he will soon go on a Grand Tour of several European nations including Britain's historical enemy, France. His arrival in France is marked by boos and catcalls, but he soon charms them and leaves to great cheers. His nephew Willie, the German Emperor, continues to visit but has become pompous to thew point that the King can barely stand being in the same room as him. After the failure of the Grand Alliance, Germany begins to expand its army and navy. Written by
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The second and third dances at the ball attended by Queen Alexandra are the first and second figures of The Lancer's Quadrilles: La Dorset and La Victoria. These dances were, and still are, popular in Denmark, Queen Alexandra's home country. See more
The Lancer's Quadrilles: Ladoiska
By Rodolphe Kreutzer
[third dance at the ball] See more