Victoria en Savoie, trois séjours d’une reine à Aix-les-Bains 1885 – 1887 – 1890

The book “Victoria en Savoie, trois séjours d’une reine à Aix-les-Bains  1885 – 1887 – 1890” was edited by Grapevine in 2013.

Queen Victoria’s visits to Aix were undoubtedly of huge importance in creating the town’s reputation

as the most famous and luxurious spa town in Europe at the turn of the century.  However, there was

a gap in the literature about these visits.

The book “Victoria en Savoie”
– uncovers the untold story of the people in Aix and in  Great Britain who had an influence on

Queen Victoria’s decision to come to Savoy,

– presents new and unseen photographs, paintings and documents regarding her visits to Aix

from privileged access to the archives of both Queen Victoria and Dr. Reid her physician,

– is the result of extensive research of the literature, books and newspapers to gain a deep

understanding of the background to her visits.

The book,  mainly in French with supporting English text, was sold out in 10 months (700 copies !)


Look at the article about the book published in THE GUARDIAN :

His name was Jacquot. He was bought from a peasant in the Alpine spa of Aix-les-Bains for 200 francs – a purchase securing Queen Victoria the services of a royal mule who returned with her to Buckingham Palace, where his duties included distributing Christmas presents to the royal grandchildren. (…)


Queen Victoria drives a donkey cart, similar to the one pulled by Jacquot, during a visit to Monte Carlo.
Photograph: Hulton archive/Getty Images
Anne Penketh in Aix-les-Bains, Friday 21 February 2014 12.09 GMT