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Leonida Caldesi (1823-91)

Princess Beatrice (1857-1944) taking her first ride on her second birthday 14 April 1859

RCIN 2900172

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Princess Beatrice, the youngest child of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, spent her second birthday at Buckingham Palace. Her mother wrote an account of the day in her journal: 'We went to fetch her from the schoolroom, where she stood with 2 nosegays in her hand, surrounded by her sisters, looking a great little duck in a little pink silk frock, with her little curls so nicely arranged ... Baby was delighted with her toys, running about with a Pussy, she called a rabbit.' Princess Beatrice later had a party with four girls her own age. They 'ran about in the Lower Corridor, after their supper and had great fun together.'