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by SEÁN DONNELLY
An Irish Piper in the 86th Royal County Down Regiment, 1833-5.
In 1900, at the height of the Second Anglo-Boer War, 1899–1902, Queen Victoria chose to forgo her annual holiday on the French Riviera in favour of a visit to Dublin in April. She wished to acknowledge the part Irish regiments were playing in the South African war, and her visit, though private, was bound to encourage recruitment, which nationalists were opposing.