Portsmouth dockyard captured by a Queen and her camera

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Today she might be best-remembered for having Portsmouth’s regional hospital named after her.

But Queen Alexandra was a frequent visitor to the city and when she came she took pictures at a time when photography was still a fledgling hobby, one which only the well-off could afford.

One of Queen Alexandras pictures taken in Portsmouth, presumably at the naval review mentioned in the caption also reproduced here

One of Queen Alexandras pictures taken in Portsmouth, presumably at the naval review mentioned in the caption also reproduced here

Regular Remember When contributor Simon Hart is a fan of the wife of Edward VII who lived from 1844 until 1925 and was, of course, the daughter-in-law of Queen Victoria.

In 1908 she agreed that some of her photographs could be published in the form of an album. The proceeds from sales went to charity.

A few shots from her Portsmouth visits, as ever, made largely because of the Royal Navy , made it into the album and Simon sent them to me to publish here.

He says there were glassine page divisions to protect the images on which captions were printed in green.

The lithophane portrait of Queen Alexandra

The lithophane portrait of Queen Alexandra

Simon says: ‘Queen Alexandra was photographed by several Portsmouth photographic studios including Symonds and Co.

‘However, I have chosen to offer an image of the Queen in the form of a lithophane portrait which I find appealing.

‘The memory of my great grandmother’s lithophane geisha girl tea set was recounted to me and inspired the interest in them. You hold the cup up to the light and a figure emerges in the porcelain which creates a senses of amazement and wonder.’

One of Queen Alexandras pictures taken in Portsmouth, presumably at the naval review

One of Queen Alexandras pictures taken in Portsmouth, presumably at the naval review

It looks as though Queen Alexandra was on board a ship, perhaps the royal yacht, sailing out of Portsmouth Harbour when she took this picture of the dockyard complete with old Semaphore Tower.

It looks as though Queen Alexandra was on board a ship, perhaps the royal yacht, sailing out of Portsmouth Harbour when she took this picture of the dockyard complete with old Semaphore Tower.