Victoria The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia BairdAlternate cover edition of ASIN B00RKO3UMY
The extraordinary story of the worlds most influential, intriguing and surprising ruler, Queen Victoria.
When Alexandrina Victoria was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 20 June 1837, she was 18 years old and barely five feet tall. Her subjects were fascinated and intrigued; some felt sorry for her. Writer Thomas Carlyle, watching her gilded coach draw away from the coronation, said: Poor little Queen, she is at an age at which a girl can hardly be trusted to choose a bonnet for herself; yet a task is laid upon her from which an archangel might shrink.
Queen Victoria is long dead, but in truth she has shaped us from the grave. She was a tiny, powerful woman who reigned for an astonishing 64 years. By the time of her Diamond Jubilee Procession in 1897, she reigned over a fourth of the inhabitable part of the world, had 400 million subjects, and had given birth to nine children. Suffrage, anti-poverty and anti-slavery movements can all be traced to her monumental reign, along with a profound rethinking of family life and the rise of religious doubt. When she died, in 1901, she was the longest reigning monarch in English history. Victoria is truly the woman who made the modern world.
A fascinating, provocative and authoritative new biography of Queen Victoria which will make us see her in a new light, from one of Australias most admired and respected journalists and commentators, Julia Baird.
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Her full name was Alexandrina Victoria. She spoke fluent English and German, and studied other languages, too, including French, Italian and Latin. Later in life, she also learnt the Indian language of Hindustani. Impressive, eh?! The Queen never recovered from his death, and dressed in black as a sign of mourning for the rest of her life. She was buried beside her husband Albert at Frogmore Mausoleum near Windsor. While you wait for it to be checked and approved why not to add a pre-selected message and a cool badge.
She was the last of the house of Hanover and gave her name to an era, the Victorian Age. During her reign the British monarchy took on its modern ceremonial character. She and her husband, Prince Consort Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha , had nine children, through whose marriages were descended many of the royal families of Europe. Her reign was one of the longest in British history, and the Victorian Age was named after her. She was raised by her mother at Kensington Palace and had a lonely childhood until she became queen at the age of Victoria first learned of her future role as a young princess during a history lesson when she was 10 years old.
On 1 May , she adopted the additional title of Empress of India. Known as the Victorian era , her reign of 63 years and seven months was longer than that of any of her predecessors. It was a period of industrial, cultural, political, scientific, and military change within the United Kingdom, and was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire. After both the Duke and his father died in , she was raised under close supervision by her mother and her comptroller , John Conroy. She inherited the throne aged 18 after her father's three elder brothers died without surviving legitimate issue.