Who was Ida Bonanomi: Dresser to Queen Victoria
But for the moving memorial that Queen Victoria erected to her and for a letter in which this is described, the...Blog Posts18th April 2019
Brooches for Pollie: The Tsarina’s gifts to her friend
An exquisite gold, sapphire and diamond brooch crafted in St Petersburg was consigned to auction in October 2018. I had first...Blog Posts15th April 2019
Princess Alix of Hesse’s engagement ring?
In a recent life of Queen Victoria, (A. N. Wilson, Victoria: A Life, 2014) I stumbled across an illustration of one...Blog Posts13th April 2019
Victoria on Victoria: The Self-Portrait Sketch of 1835
Aged sixteen, Princess Victoria made a pencil sketch of herself. Knowing the vividness of the watercolours that she made for her...Blog Posts10th April 2019
Who was ‘Boppy’? Queen Victoria’s nurse, Mrs Brock
Whilst researching for a forthcoming academic article on Louisa Louis, the devoted dresser to Princess Charlotte of Wales (1771-1838) who was...Blog Posts8th April 2019
Nicholas and Alexandra: A secret “code” book
Contained within the report made by Nicholas Sokolov, who was charged with conducting the official investigation into the fate of the...Blog Posts26th March 2019
‘Ever your loving Nicky’: A forgotten letter?
I first encountered this hitherto neglected and virtually ‘forgotten’ letter, categorised as by Tsar Nicholas II, within the volume The Complete...Blog Posts25th March 2019
‘Dear Uncle King’: George IV and Princess Victoria
With the forthcoming exhibition of the Royal Collection George IV: Art & Spectacle set to open later this year, I want...Blog Posts19th March 2019
The Death of Queen Victoria’s Mother, the Duchess of Kent
Queen Victoria’s mother, the Duchess of Kent, died on 16 March 1861 at her residence of Frogmore House, in Windsor Great...Blog Posts16th March 2019
Poetry and the Tsarina?
Included amongst the works read as a young woman by Princess Alix of Hesse, later Tsarina Alexandra Feodorovna (1872-1918), were –...Blog Posts27th February 2019
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