I have always had a thirst for knowledge. Even more so as an adult. I must admit, some of the things they taught us in school were just plain boring. but there are lots of ways to learn. I love books, and I love finding out things on the internet these days. But only from reliable sources!
I recently found out some interesting facts about Queen Victoria while browsing the ‘net. I already knew that the years, 63 in total, that she ruled are referred to as the “Victorian Era”. This period marked many changes in the United Kingdom and also a great expansion of the British Empire. I also knew the queen had many children (9 in total). Here are some more interesting facts you may not know about Queen Victoria:
- Her husband, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, was actually her cousin.
- At the time of her birth, Princess Alexandrina Victoria of Kent was actually fifth in line for the throne.
- As a child, she was mostly kept secluded from the public, had a rigorous study schedule with private tutors, and played with her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Dash, when she had free time.
- She was the first queen to rule from Buckingham Palace. In 1851, she was the first royal to appear on the now-famous palace balcony, where today’s royal family still greet the public from.
- Did you know she survived eight, yes eight, assassination attempts? I didn’t.
- White wedding (dress). Queen Victoria wore a white, lace-covered satin wedding gown, and afterwards, wearing a white gown was considered a status symbol.
- Even though she had nine children, she didn’t seem fond of motherhood, or babies as a rule. She even wrote some rather nasty personal letters about her children and their looks.
- She was ruling during “Jack The Ripper”‘s terrifying reign in 1888, and had a fascination with him. Her grandson, Prince Albert Victor, was actually accused of being Jack The Ripper. But the Queen provided an alibi for him, which got him off the hook. To this day, no-one knows for sure who the Ripper really was.
- The Queen mourned the death of her husband for 40 years. She wore only black, became reclusive, and earned the title “the Widow Of Windsor”.
Queen Victoria was the longest reining monarch in British history, until our current monarch, Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her in 2015. For more about Queen Victoria please visit the links below.
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