Royal snaps go on show

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HISTORIC photographs and previously unseen diary extracts charting a royal visit to Bethlehem 150 years ago are to go on display.

Queen Victoria’s eldest son, King Edward VII, was joined by photographer Francis Bedford, on an educational trip to the Middle East in 1862 when he was the Prince of Wales.

The photographs – from the Royal Collection – will form part of a new exhibition Cairo to Constantinople: Early Photographs of the Middle East at The Queen’s Gallery, Holyrood Palace, from March 8, 2013.