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Friday, April 25, 2014

Victoria, Queen of England

When I moved into my 1893 Victorian house I began to feel a kinship with Queen Victoria.
(For more about that house and living in it visit Mary in Michigan.)

Engraving From 1873

The Queen in her Robes of State

Queen Victoria Lived From 1819 Until 1901, ruling  as Queen Of England From 1837 Until 1901. That means she ruled the country for 63 years, beginning when she was 18 years old and continuing until she died in 1901 at the age of 82. Amazing!

What sort of person was she? How did she manage to remain in that position for so long, surviving wars, assasination attempts, and domestic intrigue at a time when women generally had no standing as citizens or even as people in their own right? And from 1876 she also served as Empress of India. 

The answers could lead to many hours of research, so here are a few facts just for fun: 
  • She was an only child, reared by a single mother. And she herself became a single mother. 
  • She stood barely 5 feet tall, but developed a girth of perhaps 50 inches over the years.  
  • Her tutor and mentor was Lord Melbourne, who also was her first prime minister. 
  • In 1840 she married Albert, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, to whom she proposed.
  • She and Albert had 9 children, 4 boys and 5 girls. 
  • She was a hemophilia carrier and passed the condition to her son Leopold who died at 31. 
  • Two of her daughters were hemophilia carriers. They passed it to Spanish, German and Russian royal families. 
  • When Albert died in 1861 she went into seclusion for many years, neglecting royal duties. 
  • By the mid 1870's she began to participate more actively again.
  • By her Golden Jubilee in 1887 she had fully returned to her earlier popularity.