In 1837 Britain's Postmaster General, Sir Rowland Hill, proposed a pre-paid delivery system and the proof of payment was a stamp. Sir Rowland Hill's system was eventually accepted and on May 06 1840 the world's first stamp went on sale, the Penny Black.
Queen Victoria's liking for miniature portraits was served particularly well by this bracelet which was commissioned by Prince Albert. Presented on her twenty-sixth birthday in 1845, with the miniature of her eldest child, Victoria, the bracelet was subsequently added to with portraits of five further royal children as they reached the age of four.
Two days after the funeral, on 4th February 1901, Queen Victoria was taken to Frogmore Mausoleum to rest beside her husband Prince Albert. In this picture the cortège is on its way from The Albert Memorial Chapel through the Upper Ward of Windsor Castle, drawn by the Royal Horse Artillery.