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A portrait of Princess Mary of Cambridge by Winterhalter

Princess Mary of Cambridge (1833-1897) by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, signed and dated 1846. Probably commissioned by the Duchess of Cambridge...

A portrait of Princess Mary of Cambridge by Winterhalter

Princess Mary of Cambridge (1833-1897) by Franz Xaver Winterhalter, signed and dated 1846.

Probably commissioned by the Duchess of Cambridge, in a letter (February 27, 1847) to her friend Ellinor Napier (later Mrs. George Dalrymple), Princess Mary Wrote that the portrait was her mother's gift to the Duke of Cambridge, jointly given at Windsor Castle, together with the duke's sister, Princess Mary Duchess of Gloucester and Princess Sophia.  Princess Mary Adelaide "considered it an excellent likeness, and gave papa great pleasure". 

Presented to Queen Mary, when Princess of Wales, by Rear-Admiral Adolphus FitzGeorge (son of Queen Mary's uncle Prince George Duke of Cambridge) in 1904. It was inherited by Mary, Princess Royal, from whose estate purchased by Queen Elizabeth II in December 1965. The portrait is now part of the Royal Collection Trust.

Stories about Princess Mary Adelaide, Duchess of Teck

 Today we begin a new story! For the next few weeks, we will feature a series of articles dedicated to Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, Duchess of Teck.

 Princess Mary Adelaide was a king's granddaughter, a royal duke's daughter, and a cousin to a queen, and mother to another. She was also the grandmother of two kings.

Next to Queen Victoria, the Duchess of Teck was the most well-loved member of the British Royal family during her lifetime.  She took on numerous royal duties, held patronages and supported a wide-ranging charities and philanthropic causes. Princess Mary Adelaide was so popular that she was dubbed as the "People's Princess".

More stories about this dear princess on our succeeding posts. An Instagram fan page was also launched dedicated to Princess Mary Adelaide of Cambridge, Duchess of Teck. The  IG handle is @duchessofteck.

Princess Charlotte of Wales, the Queen United Kingdom never had

A portrait of Princess Charlotte of Wales by Sir George Hayter

  Princess Charlotte of Wales was the queen the United Kingdom never had. She was born on 7 January 1796 to George, Prince of Wales, later King George IV, and Caroline of Brunswick. She was her parents’ only child and after her birth, the Prince and Princess of Wales separated. Since birth, hence, she was left in the care of governesses and servants and she was only allowed to see her mother for brief periods. 

Platinum Jubilee coin shows The Queen on horseback

The new 50p coin by the Royal Mint. Image from AP

The Royal Mint has just unveiled a commemorative coin for Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee. The new coin features the equestrian image of the monarch, which will be struck on the 'heads' side of the Royal Mint's new 50p and a traditional £5 crown.  The other side of the coin will bear the number 70.

Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester: "The Unknown Soldier"

 Prince Henry, Duke of Gloucester was born on March 31, 1900, at York Cottage on the Sandringham estate in Norfolk.  He was the third son and fourth child of Prince George, Duke of York (the future King George V) and Princess Mary of Teck (the future Queen Mary).