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An oil painting of a garden party at Buckingham Palace. Queen Victoria and Alexandra, Princess of Wales are returning to the Palace in an open carriage pulled by two grey horses; in the garden, on the left, the Prince of Wales is conversing to a couple in

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A view from the Queen’s Sitting Room c.1863

RCIN 2160128

Temporary Exhibition Room 2, Kensington Palace

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This photograph shows the view of the rose garden at Balmoral which could be seen from Queen Victoria’s sitting room. This part of the garden contained two circular beds planted with roses and edged with violas. The edge of a fountain is visible in the foreground, and on the left-hand side a magnificent life-sized statue of a seated stag atop a granite block can be seen.