Queen Victoria: aged 11, first visited Gosport with her mother, the Duchess of Kent, in 1830 (staying at the Anglesey Hotel) and visited the Bakery at Royal Clarence Yard to see the marvellous biscuit machines. Later (from 1844) travelled through Gosport regularly to reach Osborne House on the Isle of Wight. Her son, Prince Alfred was at the Naval Academy at Bay House, where Queen Victoria used to visit him.  Saw King Louis Philippe of France off from Royal Clarence Yard in 1844. When she died (1901), her body was carried back to London by train from Gosport.
 The Book of Gosport, Lesley Burton & Brian Musslewhite, p20