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Detail from Hayter's painting of Victoria and Albert's marriage, showing the pair holding hands at the alter with onlookers in the background

The arts were a great shared passion of Victoria and Albert

Henry Pierce Bone (1779-1855)

Prince Edward, Duke of Kent (1767-1820) Signed and dated 1841

RCIN 421876

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Queen Victoria was a keen patron of miniaturists, commissioning many works from a variety of different artists. Her collection comprised depictions of family members, friends, retainers and figures from royal history. This miniature copies a full-length portrait of the Duke of Kent, the Queen's father, who died when she was an infant, and was undoubtedly of particularly personal significance.