The killing of Queen Victoria’s personal chef

The killing of Queen Victoria's personal chef in 1865 caused a furore in the first modern, national media and changed forever the British image of Germany, says James Hawes

Portrait of a young Queen Victoria, c1850, by F Winterhalter

This article was first published in the February 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine

In the Old Graveyard at Bonn stands a long-obscure tomb. It bears a strange, haunting design: the scales of justice, not righteously level but weighed down and crossed with a curving sabre. In a curious spin on the Bible, the inscription reads: “Lord forgive him, for he knew not what he did.”

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