TWINNED TOWN VISIT OSBORNE

coburg visit may25 2013Osborne House played host to a group of guests from Coburg in Bavarian, Germany on Saturday as organised by the Isle of Wight German Twinning Association.

Coburg, one of the capital cities in the duchy of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, is twinned with the Isle of Wight and Osborne House is an especially strong  connection as Albert, Queen Victoria’s husband, was Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, only leaving to marry Victoria in 1840.

Many references to Albert’s life and family in Germany can be seen in the house and grounds in East Cowes, not least the echoes of his own disciplined childhood which he recreated for his children in and around the Swiss Cottage.

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The group enjoyed an introductory talk from a member of the Osborne team and refreshments, followed by a tour of the house and grounds.

The group led by Maria Krumm stayed at the Sandringham Hotel in Sandown and also visited Carisbrooke Castle amongst other island attractions.

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