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Potage purèe de Gibier à l’Orge

Thick soup made from puréed game meats and barley


Saumon. Sauce homards

Salmon filets served with lobster sauce


Gigots de Mouton braisè legumes

Leg of mutton with braised vegetables


Quenelles de Volailles à l’ècarlatte

Chicken dumplings garnished with slices of pickled

 tongue and dressed in a tomato based sauce


Oies rôties à l’allemande. Marmelade de pommes. Cresson

Roasted brined goslings served with apple

marmalade and watercress


Choux fleurs au gratin

Cauliflower cheese


Mousses à la Vanille

Vanilla mousse


Beurre fromage

Butter and cheese


Compôte Fruits

Fruit compote

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Menu dated: 23rd November 1889

Dinner at the Kurfürstliches Palace, Koblenz, for Her Imperial and Royal Majesty the Dowager Empress Augusta of Germany and Dowager Queen of Prussia.

This 1889 menu from the Dowager Empress of Germany reveals quite an appetite for a 79 year-old lady who was less than 50 days away from her own death.

The Dowager Empress was the widow of Kaiser Wilhelm I who had passed away in the previous year. Since that time, the wheelchair-bound Augusta had made her home at the Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin; but continued to make regular visits to her palace in Koblenz - the venue for this dinner of game soup, roast goslings with apple marmalade and a cauliflower-cheese.

As The Times of London confirmed in its reports of 1889, the Dowager Empress stayed in Koblenz from 4th November and returned to Berlin on 10th December: the last time she would visit her favorite palace.

Augusta had fallen in love with Koblenz in 1850 when her husband, before he became King and Emperor, had been appointed Governor-General of the Rhine Province.

The menu-cards at the dinner table of the Dowager Empress continued to be embossed with the dual arms of Augusta and her now deceased husband, Kaiser Wilhelm I.  On the left side are the arms of the royal House of Prussia and, on the right, are the royal arms of the House of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach from which Empress Augusta came.

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