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Queen Alexandra was born in 1844 at Yellow Palace in Denmark where she spent her childhood, with later homes including Marlborough House in London, Sandringham House in Norfolk, as well as Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle. Alexandra was a keen amateur photographer and enjoyed creating photographic albums and collages, combining prints with her own watercolour paintings. As well as this, she photographed friends, family and events with her Kodak camera. Early 1900s photographs by Alexandra in the Sisters of the Lens collection document her Royal family on a cruise in Denmark. Alexandra’s work was included in the 1904 Grand Kodak exhibition and her daughter Princess Victoria (1868-1935) was also a photographer in her spare time.

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