WHO WAS QUEEN VICTORIA?
Queen Victoria ( 24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the monarch of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death. Not only was she Queen, from 1 May 1876, she used the additional title of Empress of India. Victoria was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and Strathearn, the fourth son of King George III. Here reign lasted 63 years and 7 months, which is longer than that of any other British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history.
What was Queen Victoria like?
We now have a much more rounded picture of our longest reigning monarch, and a startling one at that which changes our perception of her, and her era.
New material that became available in the 1970’s and 80’s showed a vastly different portrait of the Queen to the one proffered by tradition. While she studiously maintained an appropriate decorum in public, the evidence shows a starkly different character behind the scenes.
In Prince Albert’s bathroom she had hung, in the words of one recent biographer, a ‘startlingly sexual’ painting of the mythical Queen of Lydia who kept Hercules as her personal slave. The symbolism would have been all to clear.
Far from setting the prudery agenda, she was enthralled by erotic art. She and Albert exchanged what has been described as ‘awesome’ amounts of nude sculpture as presents to each other. When a collection of similarly risqué statues were placed in the Crystal palace for her ceremonial opening of the Great Exhibition in1851, it was not her who objected but the country’s bishops, who threatened to boycott the biggest national showcase of the century. Fig leaves were eventually rustled up to spare their blushes.
Victoria had a passion for popular and more lowbrow entertainments. She loved freak shows, and the American showman P.T.Barnum would be summoned to perform when in the country. He arguably made his fortune from the royal patronage he could rely on. She made frequent visits to circuses and extravaganza shows when they arrived in London. Queen Victoria clearly had a passion for the exotic. She once replied to her Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, when he asked her about her wishes for a pet, that she would like a monkey.
She was by no means a conformist. Despite the religious strictures of Victorian life, she and Albert never got into the habit of going to church on Sundays. It was a habit that lasted throughout her life.
She was a strong believer in the spirit world and held séances after Albert’s death in order to establish contact with him. A 14 year old medium, Robert Lees, became her favourite when he claimed to have made contact with Albert – the first to do so – two years after Albert’s death in 1861. The dead Prince Consort apparently passed a personal message, a pet name known only to Victoria, to Lees in front of two royal emissaries. Victoria later had him perform another séance at Windsor, and expressed herself convinced that contact had been made. He is said to have conducted six more séances over the years, each successful in reaching Albert.
If you tried to make stuff up like that - one-one would believe you
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