The Royal Adelaide Hotel is in the King’s Road, on the corner of Adelaide Square, near Adelaide Terrace. All are named after Queen Adelaide, wife of William IV. She was born Princess Adelaide of Saxe-Meiningen. She also gave her name to the city of Adelaide in South Australia, though she never visited that continent. Queen Adelaide also played an important role in Valletta, Malta, where she wintered for some months in 1838. She paid for the building of St Paul’s Cathedral there in 1848. The Royal Adelaide Hotel has been a hotel for many years and was favoured by the American boxer, John L. Sullivan (the first heavy weight champion of gloved boxing). He trained in Windsor in 1883 before a big fight with Charley Mitchell, the actual fight taking place in Chantilly, France, on the private estate of Baron Alphonse de Rothschild. Such was Sullivan’s celebrity that Queen Victoria came to watch him train while he was based in Windsor. The hotel is an archetypal Georgian building, displaying neoclassical sensibilities, with pillars and triangular pediments above the windows.
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