Finding the royal faces in the roses: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

In the Queen’s bedroom at Osborne House, may be found a quite extraordinary chintz pattern. Used for the bed hangings of the Queen’s bed, as well as the sofa and curtains, the material has been adopted in a modern context for the room, having originally been for the Royal Yacht Victoria and Albert. The Queen and the Royal Family would often cross the Solent to Osborne in either the yacht…
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Queen Victoria's sapphire brooch

On the eve of her wedding to Prince Albert, Queen Victoria received a sapphire diamond-bordered brooch. It was an item of personal jewellery to which she would attach intense sentimental importance. It became in a way, a symbol of her marriage to Prince Albert and she valued…

When Russia came to Sandringham

In the summer of 1894, the Tsarevich Nicholas came to England as a guest of Queen Victoria, first staying for a brief few days with his fiancée, Princess Alix of Hesse, at Walton-on-Thames before continuing to Windsor Castle. This was a blissful period for a young couple who were deeply in love, having become engaged at Coburg on 8 April 1894. During his stay at Windsor, the Tsarevich paid a…
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Princess Anne visits West Cumbria

Starting off July on a busy note, Princess Anne had two engagements in West Cumbria earlier this week. The Princess Royal opened The Whitehaven Campus, which combines Mayfield School with St Benedict’s Catholic High School. A £30 million campus, the site had opened…
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Royal Wedding Rewind: King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium

They were an unexpected king and queen and their royal romance has weathered several storms but today King Albert II and Queen Paola of Belgium will mark their sixtieth wedding anniversary.  The couple, who married on July 2nd 1959 in Brussels, will celebrate surrounded by family and friends. As they become the first Belgian monarchs to reach a Diamond wedding anniversary, Royal Central looks…
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Queen Victoria's wedding shoes?

Northampton Museums own a pair of flat shoes, believed to be those worn by Queen Victoria on her wedding day, 10 February 1840. Of white satin, they certainly would have complimented the Queen’s own simple wedding dress of finely woven Spitalfields silk satin in her own…
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Kate behind the camera: Photos taken by the Duchess of Cambridge

The Duchess of Cambridge was beaming on Tuesday when she stepped out with youngsters from Action for Children, to attend a photographic workshop held by the Royal Photographic Society. The event was timed to coincide with the announcement from Kensington Palace, that Kate, will take over as royal patron for the organisation, a role previously held, by Her Majesty The Queen, for the last 67…
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