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Detail from Hayter's painting of Victoria and Albert's marriage, showing the pair holding hands at the alter with onlookers in the background
The patronage and collecting of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert

The arts were a great shared passion of Victoria and Albert


The Royal Family on terrace at Osborne

26 May 1857

RCIN 2900098

In the mid-nineteenth century a quicker and more accurate medium for capturing a likeness began to eclipse the art of the portrait miniature – photography. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were early enthusiasts of this new technology, patronising a range of British photographers and laying the foundation for a collection that now encompasses over 450,000 photographs by both leading practitioners and members of royalty.

This photograph shows the Royal Family shortly after the birth of Princess Beatrice, whom Queen Victoria holds in her arms, and is one of the few images of the Queen and Prince Consort with all their nine children.

    The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.