Queen Victoria's bathing machine
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Queen Victoria's beach and bathing machine on public view

A section of beach on the Isle of Wight once reserved exclusively for Queen Victoria is to open to the public for the first time.

The section of beach at Osborne House, Queen Victoria's former private home, will fully open to visitors on 27 July.

Queen Victoria regularly bathed at the site and many of her children also learned to swim there.

Visitors will also be able to see an original wooden bathing machine which ran down a ramp into the sea.

From there, Queen Victoria would emerge in her swimming suit with her modesty preserved. Nick Higham reports.

  • 17 Jul 2012