- Charlotte Bill
Charlotte Jane "Lalla" Bill (1875–1964) was a nanny to the children of the Duke and Duchess of York, later King George V and Queen Mary. She was most closely linked with the couple's youngest child, Prince John, whom she nursed devotedly from 1905 until his death in 1919.
Lalla began her employment as the under-nurse to the York children. Working under the head nurse, she was shocked at the nurse's treatment of the royal children. The nurse appeared to resent every new addition to the nursery, and neglected the second son, Bertie, later King George VI, to the point where he became ill as a result. The head nurse had originally been a nursemaid to The Duke and Duchess of Newcastle, and earned a good reference. However, when Lalla expressed her concerns, it was revealed that the woman was childless after her husband deserted her, and was therefore suffering from a warped and frustrated maternal instinct. She was promptly dismissed in 1897 and Lalla was appointed in her place.
As the children grew up, she became especially close to the youngest child, Prince John, who suffered from epilepsy, and learning difficulties caused by possible autism. Although the Prince originally stayed at York Cottage, the compact residence of his mother and father, a separate household was established for him in 1917, and they moved to nearby Wood Farm on the Sandringham Estate. Lalla nursed Prince John (Johnnie as he was called in the family) until his death from a severe epileptic seizure on 18 January 1919, following the end of the First World War. It was Lalla who telephoned Queen Mary to inform her of his death, and she and the King travelled from Buckingham Palace to Wood Farm to see their dead son. Lalla attended his burial at Sandringham Church, where he was interred next to Prince Alexander John of Wales, the infant son of Queen Alexandra, Johnnie's grandmother.
Life after Johnnie
She remained devoted to the memory of the young prince right up to her own death in the 1960s when she was approaching her nineties. On one visit to her house, The Duke of Windsor noticed that the first object he saw when he walked into Lalla's house was a large photo of Johnnie as a toddler on her fireplace mantel.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Bill Elliott — Status aktiv NASCAR Sprint Cup Statistik Beste Platzierung 1. – (1988) … Deutsch Wikipedia
Charlotte Gilbertson — Born November 11, 1922 (1922 11 11) (age 88) Boston, Massachusetts … Wikipedia
Charlotte, North Carolina — Charlotte redirects here. For other uses, see Charlotte (disambiguation). Charlotte City City of Charlotte … Wikipedia
Charlotte Church — Church performing at Selfridges in 2005 Background information Birth name Charlotte Maria Reed … Wikipedia
Charlotte Hoyle — Coronation Street character Portrayed by Becky Hindley Created by Kim Crowther Duration 2010 First appear … Wikipedia
Charlotte Coleman — as Marmalade Atkins in Educating Marmalade Born Charlotte Ninon Coleman 3 April 1968(1968 04 03) Islington, London, England Died … Wikipedia
Bill Rosinski — is an American sports broadcaster and talk show host, operating primarily out of Charlotte, North Carolina.Rosinski currently works for Westwood One radio as one of its NFL play by play broadcasters, as well as hosting The Bill Rosinski Show on… … Wikipedia
Charlotte Lucas — (b. 1976) is an English actress and painter. Contents 1 Early life 2 Career 2.1 Art 3 External links Early l … Wikipedia
Charlotte Lewis (Lost) — Charlotte Lewis Rebecca Mader as Charlotte Lewis First appearance Confirmed Dead Centric episode(s) Confirmed Dead [a] … Wikipedia
Charlotte King — Private Practice character KaDee Strickland First appearance In Which We Meet Addison, a Nice Girl From Somewhere Else 1x01, September 26, 2007 Created by … Wikipedia