ROYAL LETTERS: Edward Bulwer Lytton involved in naming of Queensland.
The Courier Mail in Australia reports: "A British historian says Queensland might have been called Saxon Land or Clarence - and Queen Victoria didn't seem to take any interest in the State's naming. Saxon Land, Clarence and Queen's Land were options suggested by The Colonial Secretary, Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton, according to Professor Ged Martin from The University of Edinburgh."
"Professor Martin reveals his findings in letters to his friend John Dawson, a former Queensland Agent General in London, now retired in Brisbane. Professor Martin said letters held in The Royal Archives at Windsor Castle show Lord Lytton's own correspondence to Her Majesty Queen Victoria in 1859."
"When the options were narrowed to Saxon Land and Queen's Land, Lord Lytton wrote a letter. He said "both the names which have occurred to Your Majesty are excellent", adding, "the Colonists would find particular pride" in Queen's Land. So it came to be. But the naming of Queensland seems to have been an afterthought with letters showing Victoria more interested in the naming of British Columbia and its capital, Victoria." Celebrate Saxonland (sorry, Queensland) here and here.