"Napoleon the Third used to have this room"

Louis Napoleon-Bonaparte was the ruler of the Second French Empire from 1852 until 1870, when France lost a defining war against Prussia. Paris was besieged and the Emperor forced to flee to England with his Spanish wife, the former Countess Eugenie de Montijo and their son, Napoleon Eugene.

The family lived at Camden Place in Chislehurst, Kent, and spent the summer of 1872 in Brighton and Cowes to aid his failing health.