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Detail from a portrait of the marriage of Princess Helena

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Richard Henry Clements Ubsdell (active 1828-63)

Illuminations and fireworks at Spithead celebrating the marriage of TRH the Prince and Princess of Wales 10 Mar 1863

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The Prince and Princess of Wales (the future King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra) spent their one-week honeymoon at the royal residence of Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. The newlyweds travelled from Windsor to Portsmouth before crossing the Solent in the Royal Yacht, which is shown here passing in front of six illuminated ships at Spithead. Spectacular firework displays continued into the night.