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Victoria and Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour

Victoria and Albert are greeted having arrived at St Pierre, Guernsey, with crowds lining the harbour
Paul Jacob Naftel, The Queen and Prince Albert landing at St Pierre, Guernsey, 24 August 1846 ©

Follow the story of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert’s life together through colourful and dynamic watercolours, including many on display in Scotland for the first time. Collected and commissioned by the royal couple themselves, the watercolours record their experiences of historic events and bear witness to the birth of a modern nation. Away from the pomp and spectacle of the court, the collection also offers a unique window into Victoria and Albert’s close-knit family life and reflects their deep love of Scotland. Discover fond memories of incognito expeditions through the Highlands and theatrical balls at Balmoral, alongside atmospheric views over Victorian Edinburgh. 

★★★★ 'Astonishing pictures' The Scotsman

Events programme

Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour

A lavishly illustrated book accompanies the exhibition

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Victoria & Albert: Our Lives in Watercolour ©

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The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, Canongate, The Royal Mile, Edinburgh, EH8 8DX
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