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Duchess of York at Training Hostel, Market Harborough

Duchess of York at a Training Hostel, Market Harborough, Leicestershire - part os a scheme fostered jointly by the Imperial and Australian Governments to train girls for domestic service on the Dominion. The girls presented her with an iced cake and in this picture the Duchess is stirring the Christmas pudding. Date: 1927

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Australian Dominion Duchess Harborough Hostel Initiative Leicestershire Meeting Official Royals Trained Visiting 1927 Elizabeth


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In this evocative photograph from 1927, the Duchess of York, later to become Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, visits the Training Hostel in Market Harborough, Leicestershire, as part of an initiative fostered jointly by the Imperial and Australian Governments to train girls for domestic service in the Dominion. The Duchess, who was the wife of the future King George VI, is warmly greeted by a group of young trainees, who have gathered around her to present her with an iced cake as a token of their appreciation. The Duchess is shown in the image, dressed in a stylish yet practical outfit, with a smile on her face as she stirs a large Christmas pudding, no doubt a traditional activity during the festive season. The girls, dressed in their uniforms, watch on with excitement and anticipation, no doubt eager to learn the skills that would enable them to secure employment in the Dominion and contribute to the growing British communities there. The visit to the Training Hostel was a significant moment in the lives of these young women, who were given the opportunity to receive comprehensive training in domestic service, including cookery, cleaning, laundry work, and childcare. The scheme, which was part of a larger effort to address the labor shortages in the Dominion, was a testament to the close relationship between the Imperial and Australian Governments and the importance they placed on the contribution of women to the development of their countries. This photograph, taken in the 1920s, offers a fascinating glimpse into a bygone era, when the role of women in society was undergoing significant change, and the connections between the British Isles and the Dominion were stronger than ever. The image of the Duchess, surrounded by the eager young trainees, is a reminder of the important role that the monarchy played in shaping the lives of ordinary people and fostering a sense of unity and shared purpose.

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