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When he was still a prince, Frederick II was publicly caned by his father for “effeminate, lascivious and feminine occupations highly unseemly in a man”. Frederick had a passion for writing poetry, playing the flute, collecting snuff-boxes and… men. He was also determined to become one of the most enlightened monarchs, and under his leadership Prussia was transformed into a European powerhouse. Join Dan Vo, coordinator of the award-winning volunteer-led LGBTQ Tours at the V&A, as he takes a closer look at the biography of the beloved king who kept an all-male court in a palace brimming glittering treasures, some of which form the Gilbert Collection.
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