A State Ball with


On 10th May 1858 Queen Victoria hosted a State Ball at Buckingham Palace for a visit by Queen Stephanie of Portugal. The following invitation was issued to the Countess (Dona) Maria de Souza who was Mistress of the Robes to the Queen of Portugal. The centre of the invitation is embossed with the royal seal.


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The Times, 11th May 1858