Queen Victoria's personal beach on the Isle of Wight is now open to visitors.
Queen Victoria regularly bathed at the site near East Cowes while many of her children also learned to swim there.
The beach was said to be the deciding factor behind Queen Victoria and Prince Albert's decision to buy Osborne House, which is now under the care of English Heritage.
In 1845 Queen Victoria wrote: "We have quite a charming beach to ourselves, it is impossible to imagine a prettier spot."
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