Napoleon Bonaparte's youngest sis' slippers 'found'

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 06, 2013 10:30 hrs

A delicate pair of slippers, which were sitting unnoticed in a Scottish University's collection for more than a century, may have belonged to Napoleon Bonaparte's youngest sister, Princess Pauline Borghese, according to researchers.

The narrow silk and leather shoes that measured just 1.5 inches across the toes and were about 4 inches long, were marked on the sole "Pauline Rome," LiveScience reported.

The slippers might have been perfect for the famously petite princess who researchers say was often carried from room to room.

The slippers were inside a chest of clothes in the collection of the University of Aberdeen, where they attracted the attention of museum staff member, Louise Wilkie.

Wilkie said that the slippers were given to the museum by Robert Wilson (1787 - 1871), who travelled the world extensively as a ship's surgeon, and was Princess' friend.

Wilkie said in a statement that letters from him to the princess show a close friendship between them.

In his diary, Wilson has described how she spent a lot of time with him travelling in Italy and gave him many gifts, including a ring which is also held in the museum collections. (ANI)

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