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Overview (5)

Born in Kensington Palace, Kensington, London, England, UK
Died in Osborne House, East Cowes, Isle of Wight, England, UK  (cerebral hemorrhage)
Birth NameAlexandrina Victoria Hanover
Nicknames The Grandmother of Europe
Widow of Windsor
Mrs. Brown
Height 5' (1.52 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Princess Alexandrina Victoria was born on May 24, 1819 to the Duke and Duchess of Kent. Victoria as she was called was the granddaughter of King George III. When she was less than a year old her father died leaving her mother broke and at the mercy of her brother Leopold, the King of Belgium. Victoria lead a sheltered life in Kensington Palace while growing up. She was not allowed to see anybody besides her mother, half-sister and brother, and the comptroller of the household and reputed lover of the Duchess of Kent, Sir John Conroy. When she was 17 she met for the first time her cousins Albert and Ernest (sons of her mother's brother Ernest) The meeting went well but nothing happened. Several months later Victoria's Uncle King William IV died and she became Queen at the age of 18. Three years later she and Albert met again and this time they fell in love. They got married on Feburary 10, 1840 and In November of that year they welcomed their first child named Victoria. In 1841 they had Albert Edward, who would be Prince of Wales and then Edward VII. Followed by Alice (b. 1843),Alfred (b. 1844), Helena (b. 1846), Louise (b. 1848) Arthur (b. 1850) and Leopold (b. 1853) and Beatrice (b. 1857.) In 1860, though something happened that brought Victoria's world to a stand-still. Her beloved husband died on December 14 after a short illness with Thyphoid. This did not hinder any plans though. Their oldest daughter had been married to the Prussian Prince Fritz for several years by then, but their daughter Alice and son Bertie were almost to be married at the time of their father's death. A few months later Alice married Prince Louis of Hess and several months after that Bertie married Prince Alexandra of Denmark. For the rest of her life Victoria missed Albert and insisted in a funereal like atmosphere in her household. The only thing that could lift her spirits where her 40 grandchildren. On that fateful December 14 of 1878 Victoria lost her daughter, Alice, and mourned her. After several months though she recovered enough to concoct an idea. She would have her son in law Louis marry her daughter Beatrice so that her several grandchildren could be near her. This did not happen though. On January 22, 1901 Victoria died in Osbourn House in the arms of her grandson Kaiser William II. Her children and grandchildren stretched all over the globe, reigning as sovereigns or consorts. From the UK, Germany, Romania, Russia, Greece, and Spain her children and grandchildren would change the face of the world.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: anonymous

Family (4)

Spouse Prince Albert (10 February 1840 - 14 December 1861)  (his death)  (9 children)
Children King Edward VII
Princess Royal Victoria
Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Alfred
Helena of Schleswig-Holstein
Grand Duchess Alice
Duchess of Argyll Princess Louise
Prince Arthur Duke of Connaught
Prince Leopold of Duke of Albany
Princess Henry of Battenberg
Parents Duke of Kent and Strathearn Prince Edward
Duchess of Kent and Strathearn
Relatives Dronning Maud (grandchild)
Kaiser Wilhelm II (grandchild)
Duke of Windsor (great grandchild)
Tsarina Alexandra (grandchild)
George III (grandparent)
Queen Charlotte (grandparent)
Princess Augusta of Cambridge (cousin)
Grand Duchess Olga (great grandchild)
Grand Duchess Tatiana (great grandchild)
Grand Duchess Marie (great grandchild)
Grand Duchess Anastasia (great grandchild)
Aleksey Nikolaeyvitch Romanov (great grandchild)
King George VI (great grandchild)
Princess Mary (great grandchild)
Duke of Gloucester (great grandchild)
Duke of Kent (great grandchild)
Prince John (great grandchild)
King George V (grandchild)
Prince Albert Victor (grandchild)
Princess Louise (grandchild)
Princess Victoria of the United Kingdom (grandchild)
King Olav V (great grandchild)
King Leopold II (cousin)
Prince Albert (cousin)
Dronning Ingrid (great grandchild)
Viktoria Luise von Preußen (great grandchild)
King Paul of Greece (great grandchild)
Juan de Borbón (great grandchild)
Alfonso de Borbón (great grandchild)
Jaime de Borbón (great grandchild)
Beatriz de Borbón y Battenberg (great grandchild)
María Cristina de Borbón y Battenberg (great grandchild)
Infante Gonzalo of Spain (great grandchild)
Lady Iris Mountbatten (great grandchild)
Queen Victoria Eugenia (grandchild)
Marija Karadjordjevic (great grandchild)
King Carol II (great grandchild)
Elena of Greece and Denmark (great grandchild)
Mother Alexandra (great grandchild)
King Georgios II (great grandchild)
Princess Alice of Battenberg (great grandchild)
Crown Prince Hohenzollern (great grandchild)
August Wilhelm von Preußen (great grandchild)
Princess Charlotte of Prussia (grandchild)
Princess Feodora of Saxe-Meiningen (great grandchild)
Prince Henry of Prussia (grandchild)
Princess Irene of Prussia (grandchild)
Prince Waldemar of Prussia (great grandchild)
Prince Sigismund of Prussia (great grandchild)
Victoria Mountbatten (grandchild)
Prince George (cousin)
Queen Louise (great grandchild)
Louis Mountbatten (great grandchild)
Elizabeth Feodorovna (grandchild)
Ernest Louis (grandchild)
Grand Duchess Victoria Feodorovna of Russia (grandchild)
Vladimir Kirillovits Romanov (great grandchild)
Her Grand Ducal Highness Princess Elisabeth of Hesse and by Rhine (great grandchild)
Hereditary Grand Duke of Hesse Georg Donatus (great grandchild)
Prince Of Hesse And By Rhine Louis (great grandchild)
Prince Friedrich of Hesse and by Rhine (grandchild)
Princess Marie of Hesse and by Rhine (grandchild)
Hereditary Prince of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Alfred (grandchild)
Queen Marie of Romania (grandchild)
Prince Nicholas of Hohenzollern-Sigmaringen (great grandchild)
Princess Alexandra of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (grandchild)
Alexandra Beatrice of Hohenlohe-Langenburg (great grandchild)
Princess Margaret of Connaught (grandchild)
Prince Gustaf Adolf (great grandchild)
Princess Sibylla (great grandchild)
Prince Sigvard Bernadotte (great grandchild)
Bertil Gustaf Oskar Carl Eugén (great grandchild)
Carl Johan Bernadotte (great grandchild)
Princess Patricia of Connaught (grandchild)
Princess Alice (grandchild)
Duke of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Charles Edward (grandchild)
King George IV (aunt or uncle)
Duke of York and Albany Prince Frederick (aunt or uncle)
King William IV (aunt or uncle)
Queen of Württemberg Charlotte (aunt or uncle)
Princess Augusta Sophia of the United Kingdom (aunt or uncle)

Trade Mark (2)

Her phrase "We are not amused" - though it's debated if she actually ever said this
Black clothing - which she wore exclusively after the death of her husband

Trivia (53)

Ascended the throne as queen of the United Kingdom and the British Dominions on June 20, 1837. In 1876, she gained the title of empress of India.
Was the longest reigning English or British monarch in history, reigning for nearly 64 years, until she was surpassed by her great-great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II on September 9, 2015.
Kept a painting of Prince Albert in his coffin by her bedside.
Until the age of three, she spoke German only, and, according to contemporary accounts, never fully mastered English. She later learned Italian because of her love for opera.
Delivered by Marianna Theodore Charlotte Heidenreich von Siebold, the first women in Germany to earn a medical degree, and believed to be the world's first female gynecologist. Three months later, she delivered Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, Victoria's future husband.
Because she carried the gene for hemophilia, speculation ran rampant for decades that Victoria was not fathered by Edward Augustus, The Duke of Kent. However, researchers on her medical background believe that the disease was more likely to have resulted from genetic mutation, a by-product of royal intermarriages.
She had to propose to Prince Albert. He couldn't ask her to marry him because she was queen.
She and her husband Prince Albert were also first cousins-Victoria's mother and Albert's father were siblings. They were also third cousins once removed through other ancestors.
The Duke and Duchess of Kent wanted to name their daughter Georgiana Charlotte Augusta Alexandrina Victoria. However, the baby's godfather, the Prince Regent, refused to allow his (George) or his late daughter's (Charlotte Augusta) name to be bestowed upon the possible future monarch. He announced she would be named Alexandrina after her other godfather, Tsar Alexander I.
So overcome with grief by the death of her son Leopold, she was unable to walk and was in a wheelchair for the rest of her life.
At the time of her death, she was head of state for nearly a quarter of the world's population.
After Albert's death, she wore only black for the rest of her life.
On September 22, 1896, having reigned for 59 years and 97 days, she surpassed her grandfather King George III as the longest-reigning English or British monarch in history. On September 9, 2015, her great-great-granddaughter Queen Elizabeth II surpassed her as the longest-reigning monarch.
When she first visited Benjamin Disraeli at Hughenden Manor, she ordered the legs of her dining chair to be cut so that her feet would touch the floor when she dined. This chair can still be found in the Manor today.
Cousin of King Leopold II.
She, Prince George, and Princess Augusta of Cambridge were the grandchildren of George III. Prince George's and Princess Augusta's niece, Queen Mary, married Victoria's grandson, King George V.
Buried at Frogmore Mausoleum at Windsor Great Park, London. [February 1901]
She was the first British monarch to be photographed. Family photographs of her date back to the 1840s, and she posed for her first official portraits in 1860. She was also the first British monarch to be filmed, during her autumn holiday in Balmoral in 1896. Also appearing were the infant Prince Edward (later Duke of Windsor), Emperor Nicholas II and Empress Alexandra Feodorovna of Russia.
Dedicated the Royal Albert Hall to the memory of Prince Albert.
Victoria's Secret lingerie was named after her.
Wrote a letter of condolence to Abraham Lincoln's widow upon learning of his assassination. In something of an irony, Great Britain and France were the only foreign countries to give any formal recognition to the Confederate States, granting it belligerent status, which allowed it to contract with private parties.
Victoria sponge cake was named after her.
Although associated with the phrase "We are not amused", Victoria herself denied ever saying it. Her family and those who knew her said she had a good sense of humor, and smiled and roared with laughter on many occasions.
The Victoria Embankment part of the Thames in London was named after her in 1870.
Has several streets and train stations named after her in London.
Queen Victoria's favorite granddaughter was Tsarina Alexandra (1872-1918).
There is a Statue of her in Southend, pointing imperiously out to sea, but missing the pointing hand.
Since 1714, Britain had shared a monarch with Hanover in Germany, but under Salic law women were excluded from the Hanoverian succession. While Victoria inherited all the British Dominions, her father's unpopular younger brother, the Duke of Cumberland, became King of Hanover. He was her heir presumptive while she was childless.
Melbourne's support in the House of Commons weakened through the early years of Victoria's reign, and in the 1841 general election the Whigs were defeated. Peel became prime minister, and the ladies of the bedchamber most associated with the Whigs were replaced.
By 1846, Peel's ministry faced a crisis involving the repeal of the Corn Laws. Many Tories-by then known also as Conservatives-were opposed to the repeal, but Peel, some Tories (the "Peelites"), most Whigs and Victoria supported it. Peel resigned in 1846, after the repeal narrowly passed, and was replaced by Lord John Russell.[8.
Melbourne's support in the House of Commons weakened through the early years of Victoria's reign, and in the 1841 general election the Whigs were defeated. Peel became prime minister, and the ladies of the bedchamber most associated with the Whigs were replaced.[75].
In early 1855, the government of Lord Aberdeen, who had replaced Derby, fell amidst recriminations over the poor management of British troops in the Crimean War. Victoria approached both Derby and Russell to form a ministry, but neither had sufficient support, and Victoria was forced to appoint Palmerston as prime minister.[.
At the end of her reign, the Queen's full style was: "Her Majesty Victoria, by the Grace of God, of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland Queen, Defender of the Faith, Empress of India.
The Victoria Cross was introduced in 1856 to reward acts of valor during the Crimean War, and it remains the highest British, Canadian, Australian, and New Zealand award for bravery. Victoria Day is a Canadian statutory holiday and a local public holiday in parts of Scotland celebrated on the last Monday before or on 24 May (Queen Victoria's birthday).
Around the world, places and memorials are dedicated to her, especially in the Commonwealth nations. Places named after her include Africa's largest lake, Victoria Falls, the capitals of British Columbia (Victoria) and Saskatchewan (Regina), two Australian states (Victoria and Queensland), and the capital of the island nation of Seychelles.
Albert became an important political adviser as well as the Queen's companion, replacing Melbourne as the dominant influential figure in the first half of her life. Victoria's mother was evicted from the palace, to Ingestre House in Belgrave Square. After the death of Victoria's aunt, Princess Augusta, in 1840, Victoria's mother was given both Clarence and Frogmore Houses.[60] Through Albert's mediation, relations between mother and daughter slowly improved.
Among the actors who have played her: Helen Hayes, Judi Dench, Patricia Routledge, Irene Dunne, Prunella Scales, Pamela Stanley, Gemma Jones, Miriam Margolyes, Pauline Collins, Imelda Staunton, Kathy Bates, Julie Harris, Victoria Hamilton, Anna Neagle, Emily Blunt, Michael Palin, and Peter Sellers (both in drag).
Was known to be a fast eater. Those who attended royal engagements rarely got to finish their meals, as everyone's plate was removed once the queen was done with hers.
She wanted to style her husband Prince Albert as "The King Consort" but the government would not allow it, as Albert was foreign-born and the title of king is usually reserved for the monarch. They eventually settled on "The Prince Consort".
She is the earliest British monarch whom audio recordings exist of and whose voice can be heard.
During her widowhood, she was known to be close with her Scottish attendant John Brown. Contemporaries believed Victoria and Brown were lovers, and Victoria was sometimes referred to as "Mrs. Brown" in the press. Brown gifted Victoria his mother's wedding ring, which she was buried with at her request, along with a lock of his hair. The nature of their relationship has been debated by historians, which was also the subject of Mrs. Brown (1997).
She largely retreated from public life in 1861 following the death of her husband, Prince Albert. For nearly a decade she secluded herself in her royal residences, primarily Windsor Castle, and rarely made public appearances, which earned her the nickname "the widow of Windsor". She only began making regular public appearances after her prolonged absence diminished the popularity of the monarchy and increased the growth of the republican movement.
She became the empress of India in 1876, though she never once set foot in India. Some historians believe she sought the title in part because her daughter, Princess Royal Victoria, was married to the German crown prince and was expected to become empress of Germany, and Queen Victoria wanted an imperial title of her own so her daughter would not outrank her. She did take up an interest in Indian culture and studied Hindi and Urdu language from her attendant Abdul Karim, as portrayed in Victoria & Abdul (2017).
She and Prince Albert purchased Balmoral Castle in Scotland in 1848. It has been privately owned by every successive British monarch.

Personal Quotes (8)

Since it has pleased Providence to place me in this station, I shall do my utmost to fulfil my duty towards my country; I am very young and perhaps in many, though not in all things, inexperienced, but I am sure that very few have more real good will and more real desire to do what is fit and right than I have. [1837]
Affairs go on, and all will take some shape or other, but it keeps one in hot water all the time.
All marriage is such a lottery - the happiness is always an exchange - though it may be a very happy one - still the poor woman is bodily and morally the husband's slave. That always sticks in my throat. When I think of a merry, happy, and free young girl - and look at the ailing aching state a young wife is generally doomed to - which you can't deny is the penalty of marriage.
I am most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of "Women's Rights," with all its attendant horrors... Were women to "unsex" themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen, and disgusting of beings and would surely perish without male protection.
It seems to me a defect in our much famed Constitution, to have to part with an admirable Govt like Ld Salisbury's for no question of any importance or any particular reason, merely on account of the number of votes.
We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist.
Alice is really a treasure, the clearest, sweetest, funniest little pet I ever saw, so little, and so fat, and so active and dear and gentle, with such a funny long lttle face, and such a sweet little voice.
It is worth being shot at to see how much one is loved.

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