Princess Christine Charlotte Alexandrine Egypta Bonaparte was the niece of Napoleon Bonaparte (1769-1821) and daughter of Prince Lucien Bonaparte, Prince of Canino (1775-1840) and his wife Christine Boyer (d.1800). Prince Lucien was Napoleon's second and most able brother. In 1810 he was captured off the coast Sardinia by two English frigates and exiled to England for three years.
In 1824 Princess Christine married Lord Dudley Coutts Stuart (1803-1854). Little is known of their life together apart from the birth of a son in 1826, but the present albums which date from 1827 to 1830 provide a fascinating insight into their travels in Italy and the south coast of England.