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King Edward VII and Tsar Nicholas II at Reval: 1908
It was on this visit that the King took his niece Alix aside and told her that her two elder daughters had terrible English accents. Apparently they spoke English with a heavy Irish inflection because they had spent a great deal of time as young children with their Irish nurse, Margaretta Eagar.  As a result, Charles Sydney Gibbes was engaged a short time later to correct the Grand Duchesses’ English. 
http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=FB0B1FF73F5A17738DDDA90994DE405B888CF1D3
Here is a New York Times article about the meeting at Reval. 

King Edward VII and Tsar Nicholas II at Reval: 1908

It was on this visit that the King took his niece Alix aside and told her that her two elder daughters had terrible English accents. Apparently they spoke English with a heavy Irish inflection because they had spent a great deal of time as young children with their Irish nurse, Margaretta Eagar.  As a result, Charles Sydney Gibbes was engaged a short time later to correct the Grand Duchesses’ English. 

http://query.nytimes.com/mem/archive-free/pdf?res=FB0B1FF73F5A17738DDDA90994DE405B888CF1D3

Here is a New York Times article about the meeting at Reval. 

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