Mementoes Victoria kept of her children such as baby teeth to go on display at Buckingham Palace

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A casket filled with the baby teeth of Queen Victoria's children and casts the monarch had made of her offsprings' arms and legs are among the unusual items going on show at Buckingham Palace.

The summer exhibition at the royal residence in London this year looks at how the 19th-century sovereign turned the palace into her family home and a centre for national life.

Part - Summer - Opening - Waltz - Ball

As part of the summer opening, a waltz danced during a ball staged at Buckingham Palace to mark the end of the Crimean War will also be recreated in the ballroom.

A Victorian illusion technique, known as Pepper's Ghost, and projections around the room will enable visitors to imagine the ballroom as Victoria and Prince Albert would have known it.

Artefacts - Display - Victoria - Relation - Children

Among the personal artefacts on display will be mementos Victoria had made in relation to her children.

Royal youngsters' baby teeth were kept in a highly intricate gilt-metal casket commissioned by Victoria in the 1860s, while the queen also had pure white marble casts of her infants' limbs made to remind her of their folds and curves.

Visitors - Model - Prince - Albert - Edward

Visitors will see the model of Prince Albert Edward's arm and hand, and the left foot of Victoria, Princess Royal, both carefully placed on crimson velvet cushions.

Victoria had nine children, disliked being pregnant and had difficulty showing affection to her five daughters and four sons.

Dr - Amanda - Foreman - Co-curator - Exhibition

Dr Amanda Foreman, co-curator of the exhibition, said: 'What these objects show is what her words couldn't express which is this deep, fierce passionate love for her children, and for the recognition that childhood is so important - the thing that she felt she never had.

'There's so much love in these marble hands and feet.'

'It - Today

She added: 'It's really interesting because it's so unusual today. I mean you would think...
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