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Leonida Caldesi (1823-91)

Prince Arthur (1850-1942) 1857

RCIN 2900256

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Prince Arthur (1850-1942), later Duke of Connaught, was the third son and seventh child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. His predilection for the army was encouraged from an early age and he enjoyed a long life of distinguished military and public service. He was given drumming lessons by a succession of Army drummers: his mother noted in July 1856 that he had 'got on splendidly with his drumming and his new master was very happy today at having been promoted to the Band, and appeared in a gold embroidered tunic!'