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Pastimes & Passions

I must say I have the greatest confidence in our driver – I poke him violently in the back at every corner to go gently & whenever a dog, child or anything else comes in our way! …

Letter from Queen Alexandra to George, Prince of Wales, 28 June 1901

When not engaged on official business, members of the Royal Family have been able to indulge their enthusiasm for many varied leisure interests.

These pastimes and passions are well documented in the innumerable letters, diaries, accounts and souvenir items held by the Royal Archives, which reveal details of the leisure time enjoyed by members of the Royal Family away from the formalities of their public lives.

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