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Queen Victoria's stalker followed by new book

3rd February 2011

The story of one of the first celebrity stalkers - who targeted Queen Victoria - has been laid bare in a new book.

Queen Victoria and the Stalker, by Cardiff University academic Dr Jan Bondeson, explains how the monarch was pursued by teenager Edward 'Boy' Jones, who managed to sneak into Buckingham Palace on a number of occasions.

Boy Jones was able to break into the queen's bedroom and steal her underwear in one incident, while he is known to have sat on her throne at least twice.

After being discovered in Queen Victoria's dressing room, the stalker spooked the royal so much she remarked in her journal: 'If he had come into my bedroom, how frightened I would have been.'

Because of his exploits, the teenager became a media celebrity but was imprisoned without charge or trial for several years. He was then transported to Australia, where he died.

Dr Bondeson said: 'The amazing thing is really how close he was able to get to the queen and the extraordinary lengths the authorities went to to get rid of him.'

Other works of non-fiction by the academic include The Cat Orchestra and the Elephant Butlers, The London Monster and The Pig-faced Lady of Manchester Square & Other London Medical Marvels.
 

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