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Royal belongings including Queen's puzzle on display

world Updated: Apr 03, 2010 15:18 IST

Rare personal items of the British Royal family, including jewellery and books as well as a jigsaw puzzle belonging to the Queen Elizabeth, are on public display for the first time.

The complicated 400-piece jigsaw puzzle, a collage of the Princess Royal, the Duke of York, Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother, Princess Margaret, Princes William and Harry and the Duke of Edinburgh, was gifted to the Queen in 1993.

It is said that solving puzzles is a favourite pass time of the Queen.

The jewellery on display includes a pair of studs and a tie pin that the Queen Alexandra (then the Princess of Wales) gave to the Prince of Wales (later King Edward VII), on the anniversary of their engagement in 1896.

The exhibition also shows a gold bangle belonging to Queen Alexandra. It has eight lockets which open to reveal pictures of her ladies in waiting and closest friends.

Besides, a book of handwritten poetry inscribed: "For Eddie and Georgie to learn by heart" which Queen Alexandra gave to her sons -- Prince Albert and George V -- in March 1873 is also on display.

Visitors can also read a birthday book given to Princess Victoria by her father King Edward VII on her eighth birthday in 1876, which she faithfully kept for 50 years, the Telegraph reported.

A prayer book, that the wife of Prince of Wales gave to him prior to his lengthy journey to India in the 1870s, inscribing it: "Think sometimes of me on your travels when you are far away in India" is also a part of the exhibit.

Swords, scimitars, spears and firearms presented to Edward VII during the tour of India while still Prince of Wales, are among other previously unseen personal items on display.

The exhibition is being held at Sandringham estate in West Norfolk.