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Christmas in the Royal Collection

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert Skating at Frogmore c.1880-1900

RCIN 605929

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Queen Victoria and Prince Albert spent many Christmases at Windsor, enjoying the winter season. Prince Albert was an accomplished skater and Queen Victoria enjoyed watching him playing ice hockey on the frozen lake at Frogmore House, which was about a mile from Windsor Castle.

Queen Victoria took instruction in skating from a tutor from Eton, but she preferred to be pushed in a sleigh adapted for the ice by Prince Albert.