The - ROYAL - Jersey Cow

by Hans Nørgaard


France. Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the Prince of Wales were present at The Paris Exposition Universelle of 1855 - the first time that a reigning British monarch had visited the French capitol since Henry VI's coronation in 1431. This visit may explain why the French emperor Napoleon III next year established a small herd of Jerseys.
In the fall of 1856 the Agricultural Society of the Department of "La Seine Inférieure," in France, deputed two learned members of that society to Jersey , in order to report particularly on the process followed in the manufacturing of cider, and also to collect information on the general system of farming practised. The report appeared in the French language some time after, under the title of "Excursion Agricole à Jersey, par M.M.J. Girardin, Professor de Chimie à l`Ecole Départementale de la Seine Inférieure, et J. Molière, Professor d`Agriculture du Département du Calvados". According to this report Michael Fowler with great success had exhibited "several Jersey cows" at the Paris Exposition in 1856 of which Napoleon III bought the prize bull and four cows.
The Netherlands. We also have some evidence of that King William III of the Netherlands was supplied with some Jerseys by the Fowlers. This information appears in a letter written on March 14, 1868 by the son of Michael Fowler, Percival Henry Fowler.
From "The Royal Insight" in UK I had been informed that Prince Albert sometimes when he visited his German relations gave animals or farm equipment as presents if they shared his interest in farming.
Greece. The Appleton's Journal records 1875 under the headline "The Prince of Wales in India": "The royal party left London October 11, hurried overland through France and Italy, reaching Brindisi, at the heel of the Italian boot, in four or five days. Here they embarked on the royal steamer Serapis, screwed down the Mediterranean to the Suez Canal, stopping by the way at Athens to make a rather hasty call upon the King of Greece, who was "delighted with the presents brought to him, consisting of a steam-launch, an Alderney bull and cow, a ram and a sheep, and a few fine specimens of the British pig, which came from Sandringham." From Suez the Serapis and her smaller consort the Osborne steamed down the Red Sea, past Aden, and shot across the Idian Ocean to the island city of Bombay,which was reached November 8th".
In 1862 the vacant Greek crown had been offered to Queen Victoria's second son Alfred, but the British government refused since there was an international agreement that established that no member of the British Royal family was eligible for the Greek throne. Nevertheless, England was deeply interested in Greece since she wanted to increase her influence in the Aegean. If Prince Alfred could not be king, there were other candidates. and the elected was the second son of Prince Christian of Schleswig Holstein Sonderburg Glucksburg (Christian IX of Denmark) the seventeen-year-old Prince William of Denmark (1845-1913). The Greeks accepted the choice. George I introduced  Danish agricultural methods into Greece, barns and stables were built and Danish and Swiss cows were imported.  
Russia. According to Harry Jenkins book Famous Jersey Cattle, Tsar Alexander II might have had some Jerseys in his possession. The bull Rex born in the Island 1873 is recorded as owned by the Emperor of Russia. When it happened is not recorded, but Queen Victoria's second son Alfred got on January 24, 1874 married to a daughter of Alexander II, who in May 1874 paid his second official visit to England. Perhaps the Russian Princess has received some Jersey cows as dowry? However prince Alfred was interested in agriculture and livestock. In 1883 he began to farm 1400 acres at Eastwell in Kent, where he introduced 900 heads of Scottish cattle and a herd of Jersey cows for milk production.
The Danish Jersey pioneer Jørgen Larsen on one occasion sold a Jersey bull to Russia. It happened on September 14 1900 , so the Jersey breed was an established fact at that time in Russia.  
A niece to the Russian Emperor got married to the Russian prince Felix Youssoupoff. His family owned four palaces in St Petersburg, three in Moscow, 37 estates scattered throughout the Russian Empire and numerous properties abroad. During his first visit to England in 1909,  he bought a number of Jersey cattle for one of his estates in Russia. The prince’s father was so delighted with the Jerseys that he instructed his son to send for more.
Youssoupoff’s English was somewhat elementary and his telegram read: "Please send me one man cow and three Jersey women." The animals duly arrived, but the British press published the telegram, much to the sender’s delight. Felix Youssoupoff paid his first visit to Jersey Island in 1912. While out for a drive, he stopped by a meadow to admire a herd of cattle. One cow came up to his car and instantly captured his heart with her big brown eyes. Youssoupoff decided that he had to own the beast, and after much persuasion the farmer agreed to part with her. The prince named her Felicita, and on his return to the mainland he entrusted her to the care of Mrs Williams, a leading society hostess and a friend of Edward VII. Felicita became a pet and followed her master like a puppy, but when the time came for him to return to Russia, Mrs Williams refused to part with the animal. Accordingly Youssoupoff devised a plan to ‘cownap’ his pet — but Mrs Williams was disturbed in the process. She entertained her surprise guests so well that they completely forgot to take Felicita with them when they left.  

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