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A story written by Queen Victoria at the age of ten is to be published for the first time this summer. The Adventures of Alice Laselles by Alexandrina Victoria, Aged 10 and 3/4 gives a fascinating and endearing glimpse into the vivid imagination of the future monarch. The earliest work by the Queen ever to be published, it tells the tale of a twelve-year-old girl who is sent away to boarding school after her father remarries. Princess Victoria originally called her story ‘The School’, but then changed the title to ‘Alice’, in honour of her lead protagonist. From the age of 13 Victoria kept journals, which number over 43,000 pages and 141 volumes, and in her lifetime she even became a best-selling author. ‘Alice’ is written in an unassuming red ‘Composition’ notebook, now in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle, and bears the dedication ‘To my dear Mamma, this my first attempt at composition is affectionately and dutifully inscribed by her affectionate daughter, Victoria.’ The sto

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