From 7 years of age young Alex developed a personal relationship with the Queen of England, having tea on a regular basis with her majesty. His rather unusual encounter with the queen was due to a skirmish with Alex and Victoria's grandson, Edward, who would be a a future King of England. The little infraction came at a small creek near Balmoral Castle, Scotland. It was the Queens chief Body Guard, John Brown that separated the two youngsters. Alex was all of 7 and was floating his little boat on a creek near the summer palace. Young Edward threw a rock at Alex's boat and crippled it, Alex took off after Edward and the fight pursued. It was John Brown that broke it up and took the two young lads to the queen for discipline. That started a most unique relationship with the queen.
When Alex was back home from his education in Ireland he would frequently visit with the queen and have tea with her, keeping her informed of his continuing love, golf. When Queen Victoria was in her last days of life in 1901, she wired Alex, who was now living in Boston, MA to quickly come back to Buckingham Palace as she had little time left. Alex immediately dropped everything and caught the first ship leaving for England. When he arrived, the queen had died, but not before she entrusted Alex with many of her personal belongings. We are proud to have been the continuous keepers of the queens gifts down to this day, including two perfectly preserved books given her by John Brown that challenged the Church of England's view on Eternity. Remember, Victoria, Queen of England, was also the head of the Anglican Church or Church of England, Started by King Henry VIII in the early 1530's.