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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For a woman who was reportedly none too keen on having children and flat-out despised pregnancy, it may come as a surprise that Queen Victoria's genetic legacy has had such far-reaching and monarchy-defining power. With nine children of her own, who in turn gave her 42 grandchildren, it's hardly a stretch to understand why the iconic Queen was nicknamed "the grandmother of Europe. Indeed, of the approximately 28 surviving monarchies around the world, five of them are held by descendants of Victoria. The most obvious of Queen Victoria's descendants is, naturally, the current queen of England. In , she surpassed Victoria as the longest reigning British monarch in history.
Victoria, who reigned from to , established many of the precedents that Elizabeth has honored since she was crowned in How are the two powerful queens related? What are their family ties? When she was born on May 24, , few people thought Alexandra Victoria would one day be queen. Their only child, Victoria, was born the following year. On Jan.
Throughout their 70 years of marriage, Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip have shared priceless memories and moments together — but they share a lot more than that. The royals are cousins. They share the same bloodline, and are both directly related to Queen Victoria. Travel website Expedia recently developed an online tool which shows how the Scandinavian and British royal families have been linked through marriage throughout the years. It also shows just how closely linked the British royal family are.
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Regal, reliable and resilient, the Queen has already made history countless times during her exceptional reign. - However, these two marriages were not the only unions amongst and between descendants of Victoria and Christian IX. On 27 October his son, later Constantine I of Greece , married Sophia of Prussia , a granddaughter of Victoria, forging another union between descendants of the British queen and the Danish king.
Alison Moore Alison Moore. In honor of the event, here are eight things you might not know about the two royals. It therefore seemed very unlikely that Edward, or any of his children, would end up being the monarch. Queen Victoria in her wedding dress, painted in as an anniversary gift for her husband. Photo from Wikimedia Commons.