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A lost portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie has been discovered in Scotland, ending one of the greatest mysteries in British royal art.

The portrait, by Scottish artist Allan Ramsay, was painted in Edinburgh in 1745, the year Charles launched his ill-fated invasion of England.

It is the only portrait of Charles to have been painted in Britain.

It is on a Culture Show Special, The Lost Portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie, on Saturday on BBC2 at 21:00.

The programme will be presented by the art historian Dr Bendor Grosvenor.

Charles Edward Stuart, popularly known as Bonnie Prince Charlie, was the grandson of the exiled Stuart king, James II.

In 1745, at the age of 24, he landed in Scotland, determined to regain the throne.

However, despite taking his Highland army as far south as Derby, Charles’s rebellion ended in defeat at the Battle of Culloden in 1746.

Until now, it was thought that no portrait of Charles was ever painted from life in Britain.

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The Complete Poems of Edgar Allan Poe. Together with a Selection of His Stories. Edgar Allan Poe. Illustrated by Harry C Edwards. New York: Frederick A. Stokes Company, 1895.

For the moon never beams without bringing me dreams
          Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And the stars never rise but I feel the bright eyes
          Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling- my darling- my life and my bride,
          In the sepulchre there by the sea,
          In her tomb by the sounding sea.