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By John Van der Kiste

This paintings tells the affection tale of the royal couple opposed to the altering heritage of 19th-century Germany. It appears on the differing political sympathies of the couple, printed via letters, and re-examines the present view that the domineering Vicky by no means troubled to hide her distaste for every little thing Prussian and flaunting her feel of British superiority. in lots of methods sooner than her time, she was once anything of a pioneer feminist, refusing to just accept the oft-accepted maxim that girls have been second-class voters. inadequate attention has been given to her future health and the prospect that her judgement and cause may well occasionally were affected, albeit mildly, through the family's inheritance of porphyria that resulted in the 'madness' of her great-grandfather George III.

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A few years later Albert purchased another estate at Balmoral, in the heart of a wooded valley in the Scottish Highlands, where they built another imposing mansion which they visited every year. In the surrounding countryside they could enjoy pony expeditions and picnics, deerstalking, shooting, fishing by day, and Scottish dancing to the sound of bagpipes in the evening. From childhood the handsome, red-haired Fritz was generous, unselfish, even-tempered, and like his father he was quiet and serious-minded.

30 Soon after his return to Bonn, Fritz was at a dance with several other students. He struck up a conversation with their host, Eberhard von Claer, and told him how much he had loved England. ’ Claer assured him that His Royal Highness could rely on his discretion. Ensuring that nobody was eavesdropping on them, Fritz pulled out a large gold locket which had been near his heart, pressed the spring, and showed him what was inside – a charming portrait of a young girl, little more than a child.

19 In the summer of 1849, after Unruh’s retirement, he began fulltime military service with his regiment and was promoted to the rank of First Lieutenant; that autumn he commanded the regiment for the first time during seasonal routine manoeuvres. In October he celebrated his eighteenth birthday in the traditional Hohenzollern manner with a reception attended by family and various officials including Prussian state ministers, military commanders, and deputations from town magistrates, all in full dress.

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