A crumpled edition of the Evening Standard printed during the reign of Queen Victoria has been found beneath the floorboards of Buckingham Palace, it was reported – appropriately enough – by the Evening Standard today.
The 128-year-old paper was discovered during a renovation of the current monarch’s private apartments inside the royal home.
The remarkably preserved item is dated “Wednesday November 7 1889” and was printed two years after Victoria’s golden jubilee when the queen was Empress of India.
A Buckingham Palace spokesman told the newspaper: “It’s intriguing to consider who might have read these pages.”
Perhaps Victoria herself browsed the copy before it was cocooned for more than a century beneath the floor. Also uncovered “a trio of vintage cigarette packets”, according to the Royal Family’s official Twitter account.
Hat Tip: The Evening Standard.
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