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Behind the Throne by Adrian Tinniswood review – all the king’s men… and mistresses

A history of the domestic arrangements of British monarchs makes for some juicy talesKings and queens tend towards extravagance: crown on head, the royal personage feels perfectly entitled to prise open the public purse. Queen Victoria and Prince Albert, for instance, simply could not make do with the homes already in their possession, Buckingham Palace and Windsor Castle among them. In 1844, they bought Osborne House on the Isle of Wight, an unassuming Georgian building that they soon transformed into an I

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