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Never seen this one before -- Queen Victoria and her favorite son, Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught on his 20th birthday.

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Victoria Sponge Cake

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Miniature portrait of Queen Victoria by John Haslem 1848. Shown wearing her wedding day finery, Victoria gave this miniature to Prince Albert on her birthday 24 May 1848. Royal Collection

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The world's first postage stamp was issued by Great Britain in 1840. Featuring a bust of Queen Victoria, it has come to be known as the "Penny Black." It also marked the introduction of "uniform penny postage" in a mail system: the rate to carry a letter to ANY destination within the country was now the same, and not based on distance carried.

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Claridges: London, was founded in 1812 as Mivart's Hotel located in a conventional London terrace house it grew by expanding into neighbouring houses. In 1860 Empress Eugenie made an extended visit and entertained Queen Victoria at the hotel, the reputation of the hotel was confirmed!

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The Queen's historic dresses will go on display on her 90th birthday

A dress worn by Queen Victoria in 1835-7, will be displayed as an early example of tartan in royal dress for the largest exhibition of the Queen's dress in Scotland

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Queen Victoria and Prince Arthur on his 21st birthday, 1871 [in Portraits of Royal Children Vol.15 1870-71] | Royal Collection Trust

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