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The Prince of Wales and his entourage on camels posing for camera in front of Pyramid of Cheops and Pyramid of Cephrenes, Giza, Cairo. The Prince is seated on the camel fifth from the left. The man in the white suit with a cigar, gazing up at the Prince,
Royal Travel

Modes of travel and travelling accessories used by monarchs past and present



dated 2 Jul 1850

RCIN 919624

Throughout her life, Queen Victoria commissioned watercolours as mementoes of her travels. After her marriage to Prince Albert, and probably with his advice, she began mounting them into a series of themed albums. By far the most important and largest set of these were the Souvenir Albums, which contained views of places visited and events attended in strict chronological order. The Queen and Prince spent many happy hours mounting the drawings together.

This watercolour depicts Lochnagar, the highest mountain on the Balmoral estate in Scotland, which the royal couple had bought in 1848. On 22 September 1849 the royal party made their first expedition up to the summit. Queen Victoria described it as ‘one of the wildest, grandest things imaginable; the Expedition took us 7 hours; the Lake is about 1,000 feet [300 m] below the highest point. - & Albert thinks it very like the Crater of Mount Vesuvius’.

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