The Reign of Queen Victoria

images (14)Queen Victoria and her husband, Prince Albert were a loving couple; devoted to their children.  They were a representative of stability and reliable values. They were the ones that created a model role for the royal family.

 

 

 

Prince Albert

Prince Albert

” Such beautiful blue eyes, and exquisite nose, & a pretty mouth with moustachios & slight, but very slight whiskers: a beautiful figure, broad in the shoulders and fine waist.”
– Queen Victoria’s impression of Prince Albert on their second meeting.

15 October 1839 – on this day, encouraged by her Uncle Leopold, Queen Victoria proposed to her cousin, Prince Albert.

They were married on 10 February 1840.

 

 

 

Dancing Queen

Dancing Queen

The young Victoria loved to dance.  She can dance the Scottish reels to the Georgian minuets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

imagesWhen Prince Albert died, the lonely Queen Victoria turned her attention to her gillie, John Brown.  He became her friend and trusted confidant.  Their relationship of deep friendship became a subject of scurrilous gossip by the press.  Victoria was often referred to as Mrs Brown.  She liked the way John Brown treated her, like a real woman rather than inscrutable sovereign.

 

 

The Reign of Queen VictoriaQueen-Victoria-GraphicsFairy2What the Queen Said and thought:

 

After her engagement to Prince Albert

“He clasped me in his arms and kissed me again and again.”

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A marriage is no amusement but a solemn act and generally a sad one.”

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Great events make me quiet and calm; it is only trifles that irritate my nerves.

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“It is in one’s power to be happy – and to be contented.”

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“It is quite a pleasure to look at Albert when he gallops and valses, he does it so beautifully, holds himself so well with that beautiful figure of his.”

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download“We are not amused.”
– Queen Victoria

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We poor creatures are born for Man’s pleasure and amusements.
– Queen Victoria

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I don’t dislike babies, though I think very young ones rather disgusting.
– Queen Victoria
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images (1) Did you know?

Queen Victoria was not only a loving mother but loved her dogs as well.  Her favourite dogs were Dash, Eos, Boy, Boz, Sharp, Noble, Lily, Maggie, Spot, Marco and Turi.

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Apparently Queen Victoria was prescribed by her doctor a dose of marijuana to relieve her of menstrual cramps.

images (2) images (3) images (4) Queen Victoria reigned longer than any other British Monarch (But Queen Elizabeth II is fast catching up).   She was in the throne for 63 years and 216 days.

Update:  As of September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II is now the longest reigning monarch of the British Royalty.

God Bless the Queen! 🙂

images (5) images (6) images (7)” I am sorry to say I have fallen hopelessly in love with the Queen, and wander up and down with vague and dismal thought of running away with a maid of honour.” – Charles Dickens

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Queen Victoria’s queenly deportment started fairly early on.  As a chid she had a sprig of holly pinned  on her collar to ensure that she kept her chin up and did not slouch.

images (10) “To try and find out the reason for everything is very dangerous and leads to nothing but disappointment. ” – Queen Victoria

 

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Queen Victoria was the ruler over what became  the largest and most expansive empire in history and, for over a century, was the foremost global power.  By 1922 the British Empire held sway over about 458 million people, one-fifth of the world’s population at the time.  The empire covered more than 33,700,000 km2 (13,012,000 sq mi), almost a quarter of the Earth’s total land area.  It’s political, legal,  linguistic and cultural legacy is widespread. At the peak of its power, the phrase ” the empire on which the sun never sets” was often used to describe the British Empire, because its expanse across the globe meant that the sun was always shining on at least one of its territories.

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Did you Know?

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were keen artists, mainly drawing.  They both appreciated the male form.  Victoria, however, would only draw the male body from pictures instead of having a live model.

images (13)Queen Victoria reigned for nearly sixty-four years from 1837 to 1901.  Still longer than any British Monarch, including Queen Elizabeth II.

Places bearing Queen Victoria’s name still exists in countries as far-flung as Africa where they have Victoria Falls and Lake Victoria.  Hong Kong has Victoria Harbour, Victoria Peak, and Victoria Road.

What they say and how they perceive Queen Victoria:

“I love the Queen – perhaps the only person left to me in this world that I do love…”
– Benjamin Disraeli

The Queen is a homely little thing when she is at her ease, and she is evidently dying to be always more so.
– Thomas Creevey
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The three women I have admired most are Queen Victoria, Sarah Bernhardt and Lillie Langtry – I would have married any one of them with pleasure.
– Oscar Wilde
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  1. Queen Victoria and Abdul: Diaries reveal secrets
    By Alastair Lawson
    BBC News

    Abdul Karim was one of Queen Victoria’s closest confidants despite efforts by royal circles to suppress their relationship before and after her death

    Previously undiscovered diaries have been found by an author based in the UK which show the intense relationship between Queen Victoria and the Indian man employed to be her teacher.

    The diaries have been used by London-based author Shrabani Basu to update her book Victoria and Abdul – which tells the story of the queen’s close relationship with a tall and handsome Indian Muslim called Abdul Karim.

    The diaries add weight to suggestions that the queen was arguably far closer to Mr Karim than she was to John Brown – the Scottish servant who befriended her after the death of her beloved husband Prince Albert in 1861.

    They show that when the young Muslim was contemplating throwing in his job, soon after his employment started, because it was too “menial”, the queen successfully begged him not to go.

    ‘Closest friend’
    Mr Karim was just 24 when he arrived in England from Agra to wait at table during Queen Victoria’s golden jubilee in 1887 – four years after Mr Brown’s death. He was given to her as a “gift from India”.

    Within a year, the young Muslim was established as a powerful figure in court, becoming the queen’s teacher – or munshi – and instructing her in Urdu and Indian affairs.

    Mr Karim was to have a profound influence on Queen Victoria’s life – like Mr Brown becoming one of her closest confidants – but unlike him, was promoted well beyond servant status.

    “In letters to him over the years between his arrival in the UK and her death in 1901, the queen signed letters to him as ‘your loving mother’ and ‘your closest friend’,” author Shrabani Basu told the BBC.

    “On some occasions, she even signed off her letters with a flurry of kisses – a highly unusual thing to do at that time.

    “It was unquestionably a passionate relationship – a relationship which I think operated on many different layers in addition to the mother-and-son ties between a young Indian man and a woman who at the time was over 60 years old.”

    Principal mourners
    Ms Basu hints that it is unlikely that the pair were ever lovers – although they did set tongues wagging by spending a quiet night alone in the same highland cottage where earlier she and John Brown used to stay.

    “When Prince Albert died, Victoria famously said that he was her husband, close friend, father and mother,” Ms Basu said. “I think it’s likely that Abdul Karim fulfilled a similar role.”

    Mr Karim’s influence over the queen became so great that she stipulated that he should be accorded the honour of being among the principal mourners at her funeral in Windsor Castle.

    “The elderly queen specifically gave this instruction, even though she knew it would provoke intense opposition from her family and household,” Ms Basu said.

    “If the royal household hated Brown, it absolutely abhorred Abdul Karim.”

    During his service with the queen, Mr Karim was bestowed with many honours as the royal party travelled around Europe meeting monarchs and prime ministers.

    He taught her how to write in Urdu and Hindi, introduced her to curry – which became a daily item on the royal menu – and eventually became her highly decorated secretary.

    “I am so very fond of him. He is so good and gentle and understanding… and is a real comfort to me”
    Queen Victoria talking about Abdul Karim

    He and his wife were given residences on all of the main royal estates in the UK and land in India. He was allowed to carry a sword and wear his medals in court – and was permitted to bring family members from India to England.

    “Mr Karim’s father even got away with being the first person to smoke a hookah [water-pipe] in Windsor Castle, despite the queen’s aversion to smoking,” Ms Basu said.

    “The queen’s munshi was named in court circulars, given the best positions at operas and banquets, allowed to play billiards in all the royal palaces and had a private horse carriage and footman.”

    Unceremoniously sacked
    That Mr Karim inspired the empress of India could be seen not just by her newfound love of curry. Her eagerness to learn Urdu and Hindi because of his teaching was so strong that she even learned to write in both languages – and gave him a signed photo written in Urdu.

    She also used his briefings on political developments in India at the turn of the 19th Century to berate successive viceroys, her representatives in India – much to their displeasure – on measures they could have taken to reduce communal tensions.

    “At a time when the British empire was at its height, a young Muslim occupied a central position of influence over its sovereign,” Ms Basu said.

    “It was a relationship that sent shockwaves through the royal court and was arguably a relationship far more scandalous than her much reported friendship with Mr Brown.”

    On meeting Queen Victoria for the first time: “I was somewhat nervous at the approach of the Great Empress… I presented nazars (gifts) by exposing, in the palms of my hands, a gold mohar (coin) which Her Majesty touched and remitted as is the Indian custom.”

    Quoting a letter written by Queen Victoria imploring him not to resign: “I shall be very sorry to part with you for I like and respect you, but I hope you will remain till the end of this year or the beginning of the next that I may learn enough Hindustani from you to speak a little.”

    On ‘good fortune’: “Some Indian jugglers happened to be in Nice while Her Majesty was there. When Her Majesty came to hear of them she sent a request to have them brought before her to exhibit their tricks. The Queen was highly amused and delighted – and the honour which was given to these poor jugglers must have made them happy for life.”

    Such was the level of ill-feeling he generated that barely a few hours after the queen’s funeral, her son Edward VII unceremoniously sacked Abdul Karim.

    In addition, he ordered that all records of their relationship – kept at Mr Karim’s homes in India and the UK – should be destroyed.

    But remarkable detective work by Ms Basu in India and Pakistan unearthed Mr Karim’s diaries – kept by surviving family members since his death in 1909 – which detail his 10 years in London between Queen Victoria’s golden and diamond jubilees.

    The diaries and other correspondence were taken back to India by Mr Karim and his nephew, Abdul Rashid, after their dismissal and were in turn sneaked out of India to Pakistan 40 years later when his family migrated during the violence at the time of partition.

    A surviving family member in India read about Ms Basu’s book in a local newspaper and told her that the diaries were being kept by another branch of the family in Karachi, which she duly tracked down.

    “I was fortunate enough to have unearthed a truly remarkable love story,” Ms Basu reflected.

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