Royal Family Edwardian Photographs – Magic Lantern Slides

Royal Family Edwardian Photographs - Magic Lantern Slides. We were recently lucky enough to purchase a collection of what we consider to have been private Magic Lantern slides belonging to the royal household from circa 1903-05. The feature images of the family at Balmoral Estate in the Highlands of Scotland, Sandringham the Royal families estate in Norfolk and Osborne House, Isle of Wight.

The images show Princess Mary of Teck - Later Queen Mary ( 1867-1953). King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales . George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales. Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (1897-1965) when Princess Mary of Wales. Royal members of staff including what we think to be Mr Henry Peter Hansell MVO (1863-1935), tutor to the Prince of Wales and Princes Albert, Henry & George, Balmoral Estate ghillies and lady in waiting. Due to the informal images we can only assume these were taken for the family. We have researched many of the slides and added a selection below. The research continues and we will add updates as more information becomes available.

Balmoral Castle is a large estate house in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, near the village of Crathie, 6.2 miles (10 km) west of Ballater and 6.8 miles (11 km) east of Braemar.

Balmoral has been one of the residences of the British royal family since 1852, when the estate and its original castle were purchased privately by Prince Albert, the husband of Queen Victoria. It remains the private property of the royal family and is not part of the Crown Estate.

Loch Muick is an upland, freshwater loch lying approximately 5 mi (8.0 km) south of Braemar, Scotland at the head of Glen Muick and within the boundary of the Balmoral estate.

Sandringham House Estate is a country house in the parish of Sandringham, Norfolk, England. It is the private home of Elizabeth II, whose father, George VI, and grandfather, George V, both died there.

Osborne House is a former royal residence in East Cowes, Isle of Wight, United Kingdom. The house was built between 1845 and 1851 for Queen Victoria and Prince Albert as a summer home and rural retreat.

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Royal Family - Edwardian Personal Magic Lantern Photographs
Royal Family Edwardian Personal Magic Lantern Photographs - Mr Hua is standing behind the Princes King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales and King George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales 1903. The young Princes are wearing Balmoral tartan with their fishing rods - Thought to have been taken in Sandringham, Norfolk.
Princess Mary of Teck - Later Queen Mary ( 1867-1953) with Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (1897-1965) when Princess Mary of Wales holding the fishing rod and with Cameron (possibly Colin Cameron (b. 1843)in the Rothesay Hunting tartan kilt ) Princes King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales in the boat. Possibly on Loch Muick - Balmoral Estate circa 1904
King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with two estate ghillies. Princess Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (1897-1965) when Princess Mary of Wales with and Mr Henry Peter Hansell MVO (1863-1935), tutor to the Prince of Wales and Princes Albert, Henry & George in the Rothesay tartan kilt ) Balmoral Estate circa 1904-05
Princess Mary of Teck photograph of Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales
Princess Mary of Teck - Later Queen Mary ( 1867-1953) with Mary, Princess Royal and Countess of Harewood (1897-1965) when Princess Mary of Wales holding the fishing rod and with Mr Henry Peter Hansell MVO (1863-1935), tutor to the Prince of Wales and Princes Albert, Henry & George in the Rothesay tartan kilt ) Princes King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales in the boat. Possibly on Loch Muick - On the left an unknown lady ( lady in waiting ?) Balmoral Estate circa 1904-05
photograph of Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales
King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales Balmoral Estate circa 1903-04 - Wearing the Balmoral tartan kilt.
King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales Balmoral Estate circa 1903-04 - Wearing the Balmoral tartan kilt.
George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales. Balmoral Estate circa 1903-04 - Wearing the Balmoral tartan kilt.
King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales. Thought to be with and Cameron (possibly Colin Cameron (b. 1843)in the Rothesay Hunting tartan kilt ) Balmoral Estate circa 1904
King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales. Thought to be with Mr Henry Peter Hansell MVO (1863-1935), tutor to the Prince of Wales and Princes Albert, Henry & George in the Rothesay tartan kilt ) Balmoral Estate circa 1904-05
On the right Princess Mary of Teck - Later Queen Mary ( 1867-1953) with King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales. Balmoral Estate circa 1904 - Unknown lady in waiting on the left.
On the right Princess Mary of Teck - Later Queen Mary ( 1867-1953) with King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales. Balmoral Estate circa 1904-05 - Unknown lady in waiting on the left.
photograph of Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales
Mr Hua is standing behind the Princes King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales and King George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales 1904. The young Princes are wearing Sailors Uniforms - Thought to have been taken in Sandringham, Norfolk. Circa 1904-05
photograph of Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales
Princes King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales and King George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales 1904. The young Princes are dress to play football - Thought to have been taken in Sandringham, Norfolk. Circa 1904-05
King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales. Possibly at Sandringham Estate, Norfolk circa 1904-05
Bathing Suits - King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales. Both wearing stripped bathing costumes whilst holidaying at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. The photograph is taken on the beach at Osborne.
Bathing Suits - King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales. Thought to be with Cameron (possibly Colin Cameron (b. 1843). Possibly at Sandringham Estate, Norfolk circa 1904-05
Bathing Suits - King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales. Thought to be with Mr Henry Peter Hansell MVO (1863-1935), tutor to the Prince of Wales and Princes Albert, Henry & George. All wearing stripped bathing costumes whilst holidaying at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. The photograph is taken on the beach at Osborne.
King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales with estate worker. Possibly at Sandringham Estate, Norfolk circa 1904-05
King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales with estate worker. Possibly at Sandringham Estate, Norfolk circa April 1905
King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales playing ice hockey. Possibly at Sandringham Estate, Norfolk circa April 1905
George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales playing ice hockey. Possibly at Sandringham Estate, Norfolk circa April 1904-05
King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales. Thought to be with Cameron (possibly Colin Cameron (b. 1843). Thought to be at Sandringham Estate, Norfolk circa 1904
King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales. Thought to be with Mr Henry Peter Hansell MVO (1863-1935), tutor to the Prince of Wales and Princes Albert, Henry & George carrying the shotgun. Thought to be at Sandringham Estate, Norfolk circa 1904
Bathing Suits - King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales.
Bathing Suits - King Edward VIII, later the Duke of Windsor (1894-1972) when Prince Edward of Wales with George VI (1895-1952) when Prince Albert of Wales. Thought to be with Mr Henry Peter Hansell MVO (1863-1935), tutor to the Prince of Wales and Princes Albert, Henry & George. All wearing stripped bathing costumes whilst holidaying at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. The photograph is taken on the beach at Osborne.
Balmoral tartan
Balmoral tartan - The original Balmoral is listed as being designed by Queen Victoria's husband. Prince Albert in 1853. It is currently worn by HM Queen herself as a skirt and several members of the Royal Family, but only with the Queen's permission. The only other approved wearer of the Balmoral Tartan is the Queen's personal piper (the Estate workers and Ghillies wear the Balmoral Tweed). The princes are wearing this tartan in the photographs.
Rothesay tartan
Rothesay ( Red ) tartan - This Rothesay tartan was originally known as one of the Royal tartans and was thought to have been designed about 1840 by the Sobieski Stewarts. It was worn as a kilt in a photograph of Prince George ( later King George V ) 1869. We are currently researching which tartan is being worn by the Prince's tutor in the images. It is thought that he would be wearing this version of the Rothesay tartan. However, it is very difficult to confirm this in a black and white photo, as the colours were reversed in the Hunting tartan. We are trying to source records that may give us more details of when the Hunting tartan was first used by the Royal family We do have a date of 1897 H.R.H. The Duke of York ( later George V ) had a suit made in the Hunting tartan. We will update if we have any more information.
Rothesay Hunting tartan
Rothesay Hunting tartan - George V did have a suit made in this tartan made in 1897. The suit was later retailored for his son Edward VIII. This tartan now is worn by Prince Charles, but retains its original name of Rothesay Hunting and is not referred to as 'The Duke of Rothesay'. This pattern is simply a colour change of G and R of Wilsons' Rothesay sett as per the kilt C.1840-50

  1. Christopher
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    thank you for posting these photographs. Very interesting.

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