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Queen Victoria’s Buckingham Palace

In 1837, Queen Victoria came to the throne, and Buckingham Palace had remained empty for nearly 20 years. Her uncle King George IV had spent vast amounts on it, but he had died leaving it unfinished. King William IV had no interest in taking on the project and almost gave the palace away. Although Queen [read more]

Beatrice of the United Kingdom

Beatrice of the United Kingdom – “The most amusing baby we have had”

Princess Beatrice was the youngest of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s nine children. She was born on the 14th of April 1857 at Buckingham Palace. Queen Victoria shocked the public and the church by using “blessed chloroform” to ease her pains during her final child’s delivery. Despite having eight children already, Victoria and Albert were besotted [read more]