Wednesday, April 25, 2012

V is for...

Victoria. Queen, that is. Longest ruling monarch in UK history, serving for sixty-three years and seven months. A major influence on the time period in which she lived, vibrant and quick-witted Alexandrina Victoria was a grand advocate for morality and family values, as well as modest dress for all occasions and restraining one's sexuality in public situations--a big difference from the previous, openly frivolous era of the Regency.

While I won't bore you with a complete biographical account of one of the most memorable queens in history, I will share 5 cool facts I discovered while researching an historical YA novel.

1. She took the throne four days after her eighteenth birthday.

2. She married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha. They had nine children, all of whom married into nobility. When Albie died in 1861, Victoria mourned him deeply, even going so far as to have his clothes laid out every single day, until her own demise. I guess it's safe to say they were a "love match."

3. A queen of mostly German descent, her first language was actually German. However, she fluently spoke English, French, and Hindustani.

4. She was the first monarch to travel by train (1842).

5. Unlike the queens before her, she wore a white wedding dress to her wedding. At the time, this trend had just started gaining popularity.

Is there a particular person in history you find interesting above others? If so, who?



Lynn Proctor said...

i didn't know they had nine children--so interesting--i like to read about our first ladies

Anonymous said...

Very interesting. It's always nice to learn that a royal couple actually is a love match. So many times they aren't.

Iliadfan said...

She's really interesting to me, but "above others" I'd probably list both Queen Elizabeths.

Sarah Allen said...

Have you seen The Young Victoria with Emily Blunt? It's such a sweet movie, I really liked it.

Sarah Allen
(my creative writing blog)

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