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Britannia (fl. 1st– cent.21st) by Jan Roettier, 1667 [reverse] © Copyright The British Museum

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Britannia (fl. 1st–21st cent.), allegory of a nation, emblem of empire, and patriotic icon, is by origin a child of Rome, representing an outpost of the Roman empire. Her earliest known appearances did not augur well for her future: rock reliefs at Aphrodisias...

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Fessenden [née Trenholme], Clementina (1845–1918), originator of Empire day, was born in the hamlet of Trenholme, Lower Canada, on 30 May 1845, the fourth daughter of Edward Trenholme (d. 1865), farmer and inventor, and Marion, née Ridley. Her grandparents William and Ann (Winn) Trenholme...

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Violet Georgina Milner, Viscountess Milner (1872–1958) by unknown photographer, c. 1921 courtesy Mrs R. Q. Edmonds / The King's School, Canterbury

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Milner [née Maxse], Violet Georgina, Viscountess Milner (1872–1958), imperial activist, was born on 1 February 1872 at 38 Rutland Gate, Brompton, London, the youngest surviving child of Admiral Frederick Augustus Maxse (1833–1900), a Crimean War hero, landowner, and maverick politician, and his wife, ...