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Queen Victoria in Paris

Release date: Monday, 19 December 2016

The entry of Queen Victoria into Paris, 18th August 1855

The entry of Queen Victoria into Paris, 18th August 1855 Royal Collection Trust/ © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

A new exhibition of watercolours from the Royal Collection has gone on display at the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter.  Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from the Royal Collection brings together 44 watercolours created for Queen Victoria as mementoes of her State Visit to Paris in August 1855. 

The Queen's visit was the first time a British monarch had visited the French capital in over 400 years.  Just 40 years after the defeat of Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo, France and Britain had entered a military alliance against Russia in the Crimean War. Queen Victoria's visit to Paris was to celebrate this remarkable turnaround in Anglo-French relations, but also marked a close personal friendship between Queen Victoria and the French Emperor Napoleon III.  The watercolours on display show scenes of the splendid celebrations held in the Queen's honour.

More information about Queen Victoria in Paris: Watercolours from the Royal Collection can be found here.