The postcard picture above shows Osborne House, near Cowes on the Isle of Wight.    This was initially built for the growing family of Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert, as a holiday home and rural retreat.  After Prince Albert’s early death, it became the home where the Queen grieved and hid from sight, with John Brown and Abdul Karim. This talk spans the whole period from purchase, re-development, and Royal occupation, for their growing family of nine children    up to and after the 1901 death of Queen Victoria at this House. Updated 27 May 2019
                                                              TALK:    A Royal Love Affair with the Isle of Wight