Cowes is located on the Isle of Wight, an island of the south coast of England. Set on the northern coast of the island at the mouth of the River Medina it overlooks the Solent (the strait of the English Channel between the island and the mainland). It is the principal port on the Isle of Wight and owes its origins to its excellent harbour. Cowes grew around fortifications that were first built at the mouth of the river by Henry VIII in 1540. The battlements are now part of the headquarters for the Royal Yacht Squadron, base for the famous yachting and social event, Cowes Week, which takes place each June. Nearby is Osborne House (1846), the former seaside home of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert (its architect).
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