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March 9, 2014


A painting by Egron Lundgren of the Gillies’ Ball which took place in 1859 at Balmoral Castle, Queen Victoria’s residence in Scotland. Gillies, or Ghillies, were men and boys who guided and assisted on hunting expeditions in the Highlands of Scotland. Queen Victoria and her family relied upon them on their visits to Scotland and she initiated the custom of hosting an annual dance to recognise their service. The man in the centre of the painting is performing a traditional Scottish sword dance while the Queen, Prince Albert, the royal family and guests watch.

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