King Edward VII and his family

1 portrait of Princess Louise, Duchess of Fife

King Edward VII and his family, by James Russell & Sons, July 1867 - NPG Ax24163 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

© National Portrait Gallery, London

King Edward VII and his family

by James Russell & Sons
albumen carte-de-visite, July 1867
2 1/4 in. x 3 3/8 in. (57 mm x 86 mm) image size
Given by Algernon Graves, 1916
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax24163


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Within six years of marriage the Prince and Princess of Wales had five children. Motherhood enhanced Alexandra's popularity with the British public and brought her closer to the Queen Victoria, who had created a more domestic public image for the monarchy. The portrait of Alexandra carrying Princess Louise on her back became the most popular photograph ever made in England, selling 300,000 copies.

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