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Q is for Queen Esther Faa Blythe

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ABOUT Queen Esther Faa Blythe

Her Majesty Queen Esther Faa Blythe was also known as the Gypsy Queen. She was coronated in Kelso in November 1861 when a coronet – a small crown with a Scottish thistle ornament in it – was placed on her head. It is said that she became Queen as no one else came to oppose her for the title on the day.

Prior to her crowning, she had lived a travelling style of life, touring the countryside from Coldstream with her horse and cart selling her crockery.