FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Portrait created from a restored image of Frederick M. Delius by Marie-Lynn with Midjourney AI
Who was the mysterious Frederick M. Delius, Princess Vilma‘s oft-mentioned General Factotum?
He is always mentioned in all of Vilma’s gossip fodder, as her “General” and power of attorney. He appeared in only one photo, with his colleagues in 1915.
The Princess Vilmawas surrounded by people related to her personal parental figures Queen Alexandra and King Edward VII. Her closest acolytes were Frederick Bridge and Edward Elgar. Both these men were accomplished musicians and favorites of the royal couple. Their appointments in the years where Her Serene Highness visited the United States twice a year were entirely compatible with this travel schedule.
King Edward VII was exceedingly protective of Princess Vilma, who was the daughter of his wife Alexandra of Denmark.
I have opened the profiles of the three wonderful men of music who may have played the role of “Frederick M. Delius”.
The next person to consider is Frederick Delius, the German composer. He has the same name! Frederick Delius, the composer, was a discreeet son of Abraham Lincon who worked closely with Princess Vilma’s father Henry Halleck during the Civil War. Princess Vilma always liked to drop the name of Abraham Lincoln, every time she could.
The image used in this profile comes from from The Star Tribune of January 3, 1915
Here is my own assesment of who Frederick M. Delius was, in relationship to the other people I track in the Xanadu blockchain. This may change in the future.