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Princess Beatrice


Queen Victoria’s fifth daughter and last child, Princess Beatrice, is seen here in elegant riding habit mounted side-saddle on a pony.

As the youngest child of the family (she was known as ‘Baby’), Princess Beatrice was always more indulged than the rest of her royal siblings. ‘She is a most amusing little dot, all the more so for being generally a little naughty…’ wrote the Queen. Aged four at the death of her father, she grew up in an oppressive atmosphere of morbid grief. She is seen here around 1865, when she was 8 years old.

Photographed by Jabez Hughes of Ryde on the Isle of Wight.


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