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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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