Queen Victoria and Prince Albert had fallen in love with Scotland on their first visit here in the summer of 1842. They first rented and then bought the Balmoral estate on Deeside. The building of Balmoral Castle began in 1852. It remains to this day an annual holiday residence of the royal family. This painting is a sketch for a picture commissioned by Queen Victoria to celebrate the baptism of her grandson, Prince Maurice, which took place at Balmoral on 31 October 1891. Remarkably, it was the first baptism of a royal prince in Scotland for three hundred years.