Frontier Reporter: A Queen's Taste

When she was only five years old, the collector's passion seized Victoria Mary Augusta Louisa Olga Pauline Claudine Agnes, Princess of Teck. She began hoarding Christmas cards, and throughout a long and energetic life as Britain's Queen Mary, she kept collecting. Before her death last year at the age of 85, she had assembled one of the most splendiferous royal collections of objets d'art in history.

Last week, on her birthday, London's Victoria & Albert Museum opened an exhibition of Queen Mary's treasures.—some 3,500 items culled from Her Majesty's home, Marlborough House, ranging from...

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