'I'm considered a great favourite with children.'
THE DUKE clearly enjoyed his life at Walmer Castle. He rose early, as soon as he was awake, believing, as he said when asked how he managed to turn over in such a narrow bed, that 'when it's time to turn over, it's time to turn out'.*1 He shaved himself carefully, using razors which he insisted on having sharpened either by a man in Jermyn Street, one of the few cutlers in London whom he considered capable of doing the job properly, 2 or by a man 'in a little cellar, subsequently a newspaper shop, in Piccadilly, close to the Burlington Arcade'. 3 After safety razors came into use he became one of the first men in England to experiment with them. He then dressed carefully, and, in his later years, extremely slowly, insisting on brushing his clothes himself and leaving only his boots -- made for him by Mr Hoby of St James's Street -- to the attention of his valet, Kendall, and the boot-boy; and he would have cleaned those too, so he told Lord Strangford, if he could have done so without the servants coming to bore him with their talk in the boot-room.†4
Soon after seven o'clock, and from time to time as early as half-past five, he could be seen, usually in blue coat with white trousers in summer, blue trousers in winter, walking briskly up and down the battlements, occasionally in company with Charles Arbuthnot -- 'our two dear old gentlemen', as the housekeeper once fondly described them, 'so happy together?'. 5____________________