Prince George, with Princess Marina, accompanied by her parents the Princess Elena Vladimirovna and Prince Nicolas of Greece and Denmark, arrived on the 17th Sept 1934 at Balmoral Castle on a visit to the King and Queen.
The Duchess of York's welcome was particularly cordial. She gave the Princess an affectionate kiss, which was returned with warmth. But most charming of all was the greeting of little Princess Elizabeth. A little shy, she stepped forward and stood on tiptoes to kiss the Princess, who bent down and gave her an affectionate hug. After a few presentations on the station platform Princess Marina made her first appearance before the people of Ballater, and a roar of cheering went up from a thousand throats.
Princess Marina stood at the station entrance acknowledging the continuous cheering. Then from the far end of the station square arose another burst of cheers, and several hundred Ballater schoolchildren, released from their lessons, cried in unison "Welcome to Ballater! Welcome to Scotland! " This welcome delighted the Princess, and she waved her thanks to the children with a happy smile.
Prince and Princess Nicolas were also touched by the enthusiasm of the welcome their daughter had received. For several minutes she and Prince George stood smilingly in front of the crowd before leaving for Balmoral Castle by motor-car.
To honor the special day, Princess Nicolas, Grand Duchess Elena Vladimirovna wore an elegant suit and a big brooch with a sapphire cabochon, which was from the possessions of her mother the Grand Duchess Vladimir - more about the history>>
Princess Marina will not readily forget her drive from Ballater to Balmoral. At many points on the road crowds of people waved and cheered. At Crathie school the children were lined up along the side of the road, and they cheered and waved small flags as the Prince and Princess passed, the cars slowing down meanwhile.
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