Queen Victoria’s historic state visit to Paris in 1855 took place at a remarkable moment in Anglo-French relations. After decades of instability, France also felt poised at a new juncture, with the Second Empire recently declared, the capital city undergoing great physical transformation, and the Universal Exhibition taking place that summer. In this introduction to the exhibition, Rosie Razzall, Curator of Prints and Drawings at Royal Collection Trust, discusses the circumstances that led to this fascinating visit, an extraordinary political and personal occasion for Queen Victoria and Napoleon III. The events of the ten-day tour – the spectacular balls, firework displays and cheering crowds as well as the quieter moments – are brought to life through discussion of the watercolours on display.
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