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'The beautiful Maud of Wales and Queen of Norway'; Queen Maud was a big hit in Paris and her minute waist ( which in this photograph is not touched up) was no doubt much admired.

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Given by her parents to Princess Maud of Wales when she married Carl of Denmark in 1896, the tiara is designed with diamond scroll and festoon motifs topped with pearls. In 1905, Carl was chosen to become king of the newly independent Norway and took the name King Haakon VII. The tiara remained in the possession of the Norwegian crown.

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Photograph of the Princess of Wales, later Queen Alexandra and her three daughters. From left to right: Princes Maud, standing; Princess Victoria, standing behind her mother's chair; the Princess of Wales, seated, fan on her lap, wearing ornate necklace, tiara; Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife, standing. They are dressed in evening gowns

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1892 mourning for Prince Albert Victor "Eddy" (1864-1892): Princess Maud of Wales (later The Queen of Norway), The Princess of Wales (later Queen Alexandra), Princess Louise of Wales (later The Duchess of Fife), Prince George of Wales (later King George V), and Princess Victoria of Wales.

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Maud, The Queen of Norway. Born Maud of Wales, the youngest daughter of King Edward VII and Alexandra of Denmark, in 1896 she married Prince Carl of Denmark. In 1905 Norway dissolved their 91 year union with Sweden and offered their throne to Carl, taking the name Haakon VII. Maud was the first queen of Norway who was not also queen of Sweden or Denmark since 1380.

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Corfe Castle, Corfe Mullen, Dorset. Corfe Castle is a fortification standing above the village of the same name in the English county of Dorset. Built by William the Conqueror, the castle dates back to the 11th century and commands a gap in the Purbeck Hills on the route between Wareham and Swanage.

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Queen Maud of Norway, 1905. She was infamous for having a particularly tiny waist.

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History for Breakfast: Princess Maud of Wales (daughter of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra of England) and Prince Carl of Denmark (later Queen Maud and King Haakon VII of Norway) during their engagement in 1896. Their only child was King Olav, father of the present King Harald of Norway.

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