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USS Resolute arrived at Spithead on 12 December 1856. Queen Victoria set the tone for the acceptance of the gift by requesting the opportunity to visit Resolute with her family. The following day Resolute was towed out to Cowes, where Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and the children were staying at Osborne House. This image captures the moment on 16 December, when the royal family and guests are coming onboard to accept the gift of Resolute from Captain Henry Julius Hartstene. Queen Victoria is the shortest figure on the gangway and closest person to Resolute’s side.