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Victoria, Princess Royal, and Princess Alice in eighteenth-century costume

dated 1850

Watercolour and bodycolour over slight indications in pencil | 28.8 x 23.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 913335

As a surprise organised by Albert, the princesses Victoria (known as Vicky) and Alice dressed up in these elaborate costumes and danced a minuet for their mother on her 31st birthday. The queen and prince had danced the same minuet at a ball five years earlier.

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