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.
Two hundred years after Queen Victoria's birth her legacy lives on in London
There have been 12 monarchs of the Kingdom of Great Britain and the United Kingdom since The Royal Arms since the accession of Queen Victoria in , featuring the arms of England in both the first and fourth After most of Ireland left the union on 6 December , its name was amended on 12 April to the.
Queen Victoria famously dreaded the prospect of childbearing, but nevertheless had nine children with her husband, Prince Albert — five girls and four boys. Here, author John Van der Kiste brings you the facts about each of the monarch's sons and daughters — from the "mischievous" Princess Victoria to the troublesome heir to the throne, Prince Albert later Edward VII …. She hated and dreaded the thought of childbearing, and yet within a few weeks of her wedding she was pregnant. On 21 November that year, a child — the first of nine — was born. Despite any initial disappointment at not immediately presenting her husband and kingdom with a son and heir, Victoria was delighted to have a daughter. The queen did not intend to fulfil her promise of a prince so quickly, and was furious to discover soon after the first was christened that she was expecting again. This time, Victoria suffered from severe postnatal depression, and many months elapsed before she became pregnant with her next child.
A popular member of social and sporting circles, Edward VII strengthened England's ties with the rest of Europe, although his relationship with Germany's emperor—his nephew—was rocky. His reforms of the military and navy prepared them well for World War I. Known as "Bertie" within the family, he was subjected to a strict regimen to prepare him for the throne. As was customary for members of British royalty, Prince Edward attended Oxford and Cambridge universities and soon after declared his desire to pursue a career in the military. His mother vetoed that idea, hoping to keep him safe for the throne. During his short time in the army, he rose to the level of lieutenant colonel through honorary promotions. The marriage, arranged by Edward's parents, produced six children, five of whom lived to adulthood.
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.
England and Scotland had been in personal union under the House of Stuart since 24 March Her total reign was 12 years and 21 weeks. The Hanoverian succession came about as a result of the Act of Settlement , passed by the Parliament of England , which excluded " Papists " i. Roman Catholics from the succession. In return for access to the English plantations in North America and the West Indies , the Hanoverian succession and the Union were ratified by the Parliament of Scotland in