Victoria & Albert: Part 2

Victoria & Albert: Part 2

Victoria & Albert ”A Queen Alone” With a loud scream on the night of the
14th of December 1861 Queen Victoria gave first vent to her grief her lifetime
of mourning for her husband Albert the Prince Consort had begun that night the Prince Consort died from typhoid Queen Victoria was my great-great-grandmother there’s no doubt that the death of Prince Albert led to a
period of great uncertainty for the monarchy and the country the Queen shut
herself away with her family and household at Osbourne on the Isle of
Wight or Balmoral, she came to Windsor solely to visit the mausoleum here at
Frogmore and spent hours praying at this great shrine she’d built for her husband, the Queen had become a recluse immersing herself in grief the Queen wore black for the rest of her
life her court had to dress in Half mourning even estate workers at Balmoral dressed
in black kilts shops in London ran out of black material railings all over the
country were painted black and have remained so ever since a whole industry
grew up supporting the cult of death the Queen shut herself up at Osbourne
and refused to go to Windsor or Buckingham Palace to be near the seat of
government with Albert gone she couldn’t cope it said she feared she was becoming
unhinged one morning at Osborne she was heard shouting in desperation by an open
window ”I will” ”I will do my duty” she struggled to do her duty Privy
Council meetings at Osborne were strange affairs first, ministers had to travel
down from London to the Isle of Wight following this letter
we most humbly submit that Your Majesty will buy your order in council authorise
the transmitting of a draft of a Royal Charter for erecting the British
settlement in the bay of Honduras into a colony to be called the colony of
British Honduras ”approved” we beg leave most humbly to authorise a salary of the
officer in charge of the dockyard at Deptford ”approved” Queen Victoria’s grief was terrible she plunged the country into seemingly
endless mourning Buckingham Palace was empty for two years and was eventually
boarded up some where put a notice on the railings which said ”these commanding
premises to be let or sold in consequence of the late occupants
declining business” the Queen was no longer doing what her public expected of her they were baffled and then angry her
ministers had very strong views But the Queen’s main concern was a national
memorial to her late husband her cause and his skeptical House of Commons was
given a boost by an ambitious politician Benjamin Disraeli who argued ”the
memorial should represent the character of the prince himself in the harmony of
its proportions in the beauty of it ornament and in its enduring nature so
that those who come after us may say this was the type and testing me to a
sublime life and a transcendent career” all this was music to the Queen’s ears later after Disraeli carried the vote
through Parliament he was invited along with other ministers to the wedding of
the Queen’s eldest son Bertie the Prince of Wales to Princess Alexandra of
Denmark at Windsor, the Queen in black watched ghost like high up from the
gallery after the ceremony there was the
obligatory photograph with a bust of Prince Albert at the end of 1864 an event at Osborne lifted the Queen from her misery one morning she saw on the
terrace John Brown Prince Albert’s favorite Gilley from Balmoral the Queen
had asked that he be brought south to help her take up horse riding again
that day Queen Victoria appeared happy Brown was suddenly always at the Queen
side she refused to go anywhere without him she felt safe with him and gave him
the title the Queen’s Highland Servant answerable only to herself but Brown the swarthy Highlander became known as the master of the court and the shadow behind
the throne Browns manner with his sovereign did
appear to be rather brusque ” What you doing with that old dress on you again for? tis nigh on
green with mould for lack of care I’m thinking” ”that’s enough” John Brown was
strongly disapproved of by the court but his over familiarity with the
sovereign, but he gave her the reassurance and protection she appeared to need his
influence was the first step in her rehabilitation as dutiful sovereign the Queen’s Highland servant was seen to adopt airs when the mayor of Portsmouth
arrived at Osborne with a request to the Queen he was surprised by the way her
answer was delivered ”the queen says certainly not you have to go” ”my request was for the Queen” ”Do not waste the Queens time, shes busy” but nothing Brown did seem to alter
the Queen’s affection for him first he raised his salary from a hundred and
twenty pounds year to 150 and then he was paid three hundred and ten pounds
and finally four hundred the cruel title of mrs. Brown reflected
the discontent now being felt within the country at least the queen in her
seclusion was aware she was unpopular when the ruling Liberal Party failed to
pass the second reform bill a measure that would have put a million new
householders mainly the middle classes onto the Electoral Register the Queen
knew that the discontent amounted to republicanism. when an incoming
Conservative government promised to try to enact the new reform bill the Queen
decided she should open the new parliamentary session it was the first
time in nearly six years she’d been seen at a state occasion, the battle for the
second reform bill one great festes for Disraeli who successfully steered it
through the Commons for the Conservative Party Queen Victoria gave her assent to
the new Act in August 1867 and here’s her signature on the Royal Commission at
a stroke it doubled the number of people entitled to vote although the Queen
wasn’t aware of it at the time the passing of this bill would help to shift
power into the hands of the electorate the Queen’s troubles did not go away
Finian’s who are Irish Republicans based in America were involved in terrorist
incidents up and down the country Ireland which was still part of the
United Kingdom was the key issue for William Gladstone the leader of the
Opposition Liberal Party his long-term plan was Irish self-government an idea
that horrified the Queen then the government reported that finials was
secretly planning to kidnap the Queen from Osbourne ”make sure you cover all
the woods all the way down to the main gate” they begged her to go to the
safety of Windsor Castle the Queen refused believing that it was only apply
to ease her back into affairs of State instead she allowed police to be posted
in the grounds of the park provided that Brown could organise them when the plot turned out to be a hoax the Queen felt triumphantly Vigilant with some relief the queen was able to ask Disraeli to become Prime Minister
when the present Conservative leader became ill she was overwhelmed by his
exotic appearance when he was sworn in at Osborne ”he is full of poetry, romance
and chivalry, when he knelt down to kiss my hand which he took in both his is he said
”in loving loyalty and faith mam” there began an extraordinary
relationship between sovereign and Prime Minister Disraeli needed the support of
the Queen in his duel with the opposition leader his great rival
William Gladstone so Disraeli set out to flatter and charm
the grieving widow ”As long as we are advised of your proposals you see we
need to know” ”We hope that in the great affairs of state your Majesty will
deign not to withhold from him the benefit of your Majesty’s guidance” Disraeli was also a popular novelist and
he made sure the Queen was provided with graphic inside details and all the
gossip from parliament but the ideal came to an end the Queen was informed
that Israeli had been defeated in the House by Gladstone and was offering to
resign in desperation she implored him to carry on until the new electoral
register was ready but Disraeli lost the ensuing general election the Monarchs
traditional power to have a say in the choice of government was over forever the Queen had lost out to the will of
the newly enlarged electorate as Disraeli gracefully bowed himself out of
the Queen’s presence, Gladstone his great rival marched in there styles couldn’t
have differed more William Gladston was a populist his power rested with his party
machine fed by the new electorate ”Mam” the primary mission of my government
would be to pacify Ireland if I made readout Mam, my proposed new palette
”Lord Chancellor….” Gladstone had been advised by his wife
to ”pet” the Queen, instead he read her lists made speeches and treated her like
a rubber stamp Lord Chancellor Mam, Lord Hathaway, Lord
President of the Council, Earl grey Ribbon, Lord privy seal & Mr Austin.. she reacted predictably and went into
retirement again and began writing and illustrating a book about her life in
the highlands in which Brown features strongly Now as a direct result of the Queen’s
continuing seclusion a much more determined republican movement with
growing in the country the Marseillaise was sung in Trafalgar Square to
celebrate a new French Republic and a pamphlet was published entitled ”What
does she do with it?” asking how the Queen used the money voted to her by
Parliament there was a family conspiracy to try to get the Queen back to duty
Princess Victoria her eldest daughter organised a secret round robin to be
signed by seven of her brothers and sisters in the following terms ”those of us who are abroad and only hear now and then of what’s going on in England are
startled at the murmurs of discontent which reaches, those of us who live at
home are the unwilling and grieving witnesses of criticism which are
agonising to us to hear the dangers which are daily spreading will crush the
monarchy and the dynasty” but the letter was never delivered
perhaps they were too frightened in 1871 for reasons beyond her control
Queen Victoria suddenly found herself back in favor with the public the Prince
of Wales had fallen ill with typhoid, the Queen rushed to his bedside at his home
in Sandringham, fear gripped the nation because the 14th of December was
approaching which would have been 10 years to the day since Prince Albert had
died of typhoid Hidden behind a screen so that her son wouldn’t see her the
Queen wrote fearfully ”December 10th 1871 the feeling shown by the whole nation is
quite marvelous and most touching and striking and on December the 13th ”this
really has been the worst day of all and coming so close to the sad 14th
filled us and I believe the whole country with anxious forebodings finally on December the 14th ”this dreadful anniversary the temps returned again instead it brought the cheery news
that dear Bertie had slept quietly at intervals the respiration much easier
the whole country breathed a sigh of relief on the way to Saint Paul’s for a
Thanksgiving service the show of affection amazed the Queen dressed in
black and wearing only a simple bonnet she drove in an open carriage to enable
the people to see her properly then two days later another near tragedy touched
the Queen as she was alighting from her carriage outside Buckingham Palace Brown
had got down to let down the steps when suddenly someone appeared at my side then I
perceived that it was someone unknown with an uplifted hand
involuntarily in a terrible fright I threw myself over Lady Jane church I soon
recovered myself to stand up and I saw Brown holding a young man tightly who
was struggling they thought the man had dropped something ”look there it is”
I then did see shining on the ground a small pistol this filled us with horror it is
to Wood Brown and to his wonderful presence of mind that I greatly owe my safety for he alone saw the boy rush round and followed him the young man was a Fenian it was the sixth attempt on the Queen’s life she
was severely shaken but her prestige in the country rocketed in the space of a
few weeks republicanism was dead the royalty problem had been swept away the faithful John Brown was awarded the Victoria devoted Service Medal
he’s the only recipient of that honor in history we have a large conservative majority,
change of ministry will take place shortly Mr. Gladstone is contrived to
alienate and frighten the country It was February 1874 and Disraeli had won the general election
for the Conservatives at his swearing-in the Queen treated him like a long-lost
friend thirteen years after the death of the Prince Consort she was no longer in
deep despair ”I saw mr. Disraeli at quarter to three today he knelt down and
kissed hands saying ”I pledged my trust to the kindest of instances, whatever the
sovereign wishes should be done the Queen’s wishes were simple with
Disraeli now at her side she needed to fulfill her great destiny and that to
the British people we had the largest fleet in the world a professional army
and vast colonies that were the envy of youth
now that the parliamentary parties had finally tempered the British crowns
power her destiny lay in foreign affairs the Empire Disraeli too could see sound
reasons for patriotism the Conservative Party would become the party of Empire the Empire needed an empress and the
Queen asked Disraelis government to make her Empress of India the brightest jewel
in the imperial crown To mark the occasion the Queen sent the Prince of
Wales out to India to preside over the celebrations given in her honor the prince became the incarnation of the
British Raj and was treated everywhere like a God, missions for the poor were
opened and charity was dispensed in his wake he was even given a pair of
elephants that later appeared at Sandringham my thoughts much taken up with the great
event at Delhi today where I am being proclaimed Empress of India I have for
the first time today signed myself as VR and I that day the first of January
1877 she wrote New Year cards one went to Disraeli bearing her initials VRI Victoria Regina et imperatrix another was sent to
John Brown ”To my best friend JB from his best friend VRI at about this time
the Queen also gave Brown a locket containing some of her hair and some
belonging to Prince consort emblazoned and enormous jewels
Queen Victoria gave a dinner that night here in Windsor Castle the night she
became Empress of India Disraeli made a florid speech praising
the Queen and when the Nile toast was proposed
he called out your ”Imperial Majesty” whereupon to everyone’s amazement the
Empress rose and did a half curtsy to her Prime Minister later the Queen had the durbar room
added at osborne house it looks like an indian temple but its architecture is
rather surprising sitting in the middle of the Isle of Wight the queen was
mesmerised by india the corridor next to the Durbar room is lined with portraits
of her Indian subjects as well as Maharaja’s in their magnificent costumes
she commissioned pictures of ordinary people here we see soldiers, a Potter at
the age of 102, a carpet weaver, silk spinner, copper-smith, servants, farmers and children they represent the close affection the Queen Victoria held for
the people of her subcontinent the Queen took her role as Mother of the Empire
seriously a chieftain from the Gold Coast visited and asked whether he
could take back one of her morning bonnets to Africa as a ceremonial crown ”Almighty Queen give me alone the right to wear it and this asked my successors” the Queen was happy to oblige Disraeli’s foreign policy echoed the
Sovereign’s grand vision ”received a box from Mr. Disraeli with very important
news that the government had purchased the Viceroy of Egypt shares in the Suez
Canal for 4 million pounds which gives us complete security for India it is entirely Mr. Disraeli’s is doing” ”it is just settled you have it madam” ”the French government has been out generalised” next day Disraeli with a
theatrical flourish presented the Queen with share certificates the Suez Canal coup was entirely the doing of Mr. Disraeli who has very lofty views of the
positioned country should hold his mind so much greater larger so much quicker
than that of Mr. Gladstone and Disraeli was asked to sit the first Prime
Minister to do so at a Queen’s audience since Lord Melbourne 40 years before the Queen at sixty was a new woman No longer eaten up by grief she was working
harder than she ever worked in her life she was immensely popular with her
people and her armies and they approved of her vision of imperial power
Disraeli may have given her the impression she received a permanent
position overseeing the empire but Gladstone had other ideas preparing for the fast approaching
general election in 1880 Gladstone was making a series of electrifying speeches
in his Midlothian constituency and elsewhere
he attacked the colonial wars which had done so much for the prestige of the
Queen and the country pleading for the rights of the Savage he denounced the
title of Empress of India as ”theatrical bombast and folly” by appealing directly
to the nation in this way the Queen believed that Gladstone was usurping her
role but when the Liberal Party won the election the Queen was faced with the
alarming prospect of Gladstone as Prime Minister again ”she will sooner abdicate then send for
that half-mad firebrand, others but herself may submit to his democratic
rule but not the Queen! ”there must be no attempt to change the
foreign policy no change in India and no hasty retreat from Afghanistan” with Gladstone in power again the Queen became less interested in affairs of
state when she was spending time at Balmoral she often preferred to stay
here at the Glass-alt her house on Loch Muick some miles away from the castle at
times this house was literally at the hub of the Empire it’s modest rooms and
simple furniture really rather humble for the Empress of India then came a series of tragic blows first her close friend Disraeli died in
April 1881 ”such a loss is irreparable to me & the country to lose such a pillar
of strength at such a time is dreadful” then John Brown had to carry the Queen
back into the castle after a fall at Windsor in March 1883 and less than two weeks later ”the dreadful news that my good faithful Brown had passed away
early this morning it is the loss not only of a servant but of a real friend, the shock the blow the blank the constant missing at every turn of the
worm strong powerful arm and head almost stunned me and I am truly overwhelmed
and now all is gone all is gone in this world and all seems unhinged again in
thousands of ways” such was the status of John Brown when he died that wreaths were
placed on his grave by princesses, Empress’s even he may have been only a
simple Gilly without education but he was the only person in the household who
could make the Queen do what you didn’t want. when Prince Albert died a statue of
him was placed on the Balmoral estate it faces the one of Queen Victoria
remarkably enough just about here where I’m standing the Queen put another one
up to John Brown when he died and so the three memorials together formed a
triangle his statue was removed from the triangle by King Edward the seventh when
his mother died and tucked away here in the woods the Queen at 65 was lonely but
still resolute foreign policy remained her obsession and here she felt Gladsten
was at his most neglectful when General Gordon was under siege from hostile
troops in the Sudan she begged Glaston to send out a rescue column to Khartoum ”the Queen trembles for general Gordon’s safety if anything befall him the result
will be awful” six weeks later the Queen was still questioning Gladstons policies ”Mr. Gladston you told the Queen when we
last met Gordon must be supported, yet what he asked for repeatedly nearly five
weeks ago has been refused, If not for humanity sack for the honor of the
government and the nation when Gordon was murdered nearly a year
later just before the relief column finally arrived the country was an
uproar now from Osborne the Queen sent a telegram to Gladstone it was
deliberately uncoded for all the world to read saying ”To think that all this
might have been prevented and many precious lives saved by earlier action
is too frightful, his army who have as the head of the nation to bear the
humiliation the Gordon De Bat was responsible for bringing down the
Gladstone government but in six months Gladstone was back and it was the issue
of Irish self-government the Home Rule bill that did most to divide the country
and also Gladstone from the sovereign to Queen Victoria Home Rule was a threat to
her empire ignoring her true constitutional role the Queen set out in
1886 to disrupt Home Rule by secretly working with a conservative opposition
leader Lord Salisbury she was letting him see Gladstone’s confidential cabinet
papers to the Queen about the bills progress May 8th the Queen sends Lourdes
Salisbury the copy of Mr. Gladstone’s letter to her
there was a very important cabinet meeting to decide whether any
concessions were to be made in the bill if they were made they would certainly
be defeated this is the first of our defeat please return the enclosed May 10th the Queen sends Mr. Gladstone second letter received last night which
she would also ask to have back the Queen was at Balmoral when the final
vote on home rule was taken but division within Gladstones own party was making
the bills progress increasingly unlikely ”did not sleep well as I felt worried and
anxious when I got up a telegram was brought to me which gave the news that
the government had been defeated by a majority of 30 cannot help feeling relieved and think it is the best for the interests of the country more than 30 years earlier and the
halcyon summer days at Osborne the Royal children gave a regular afternoon tea
party in the Swiss cottage for their parents the Queen and Prince Albert here in the children’s own Playhouse the
Prince Consort conceived the grandiose scheme for his family his plan was to
marry the family into royal houses on the continent his aim was to achieve
peace and influence in Europe and here you can see demonstrated the
Prince Consort greatest vision this famous photograph was taken when Queen
Victoria went to Coburg to attend a family wedding over 30 years later in
1894 there are cousins from Russia here’s the
Tsar, Germany the Kaiser, Romania as well as connections with Spain and with
Greece and Denmark my great-grandfather King Edward the 7th
to be all these people are related to Queen Victoria but closer analysis of
the picture shows how the dream was about to shatter first to be married was
Princess Victoria ”Vicky” Prince Albert’s eldest and favorite daughter at 17 she
married Prince Frederick of Prussia the Prince Consort hoped that through this
marriage the belligerent Prussian Ascendancy would be tempered by a
liberal constitutional monarchy Instead the worst happened and the couple
produced a son Kaiser William sitting here with the wax moustaches he was the
Queen’s German grandson and it was he who led his armies against Britain in
the First World War ”please advise me how to say we would
like to send a letter to the Viceroy? ”Speaks Hindustani” ”cut your majesty” ”Cut” the sovereign began to learn Hindustani
so she could deal with Indian affairs of state suddenly another strange figure
came into the Queen’s life and how to send a telegram to the Viceroy? Speaks Hindustani Abdul Karim was engaged as her teacher and Indian secretary forever at her side he now took the place of John Brown Abdul karim known as the
”Muchie” or teacher was disliked by the court as much as Brown in early 1894 the Queen’s LDAP restrict
Gladstone finally came to hand in his resignation he was 85 10 years older
than the Queen both had such poor eyesight they could scarcely see each
other and although Gladstone had served the Queen as her Prime Minister a record
four times at his final audience the Queen uttered not a word of Thanks ”she had much difficulty in finding topics for an adequate prolongation but
fog and rain and a coming journey to it all did that duty and helped she was at
the highest point of her cheerfulness” ”a miserable day outside again today Mr.
Gladstone, my journey to Italy shortly should be very good for my health and
for the sake of the country Gladstone’s great power had come with
the birth of the nation’s first modern party democracy it had made the two of
them needless rivals for the country’s affection with Gladstone’s passing the
Queen was at last prepared to assume a role of prestige and influence rather
than power a pattern followed by sovereigns ever since in June 1897 the
60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession the might of the British
Empire was on parade in London the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee here the Queen
had no need to exert her power over difficult politician as mother of the
Empire her influence was there for all to see and she was clearly moved by the
occasion ”a never to be forgotten day no one ever I believe has met with such
an ovation which was given me passing through those six miles of streets the
crowd was quite indescribable and their enthusiasm truly marvelous and deeply
touching every face seemed to be filled with real joy I was much moved and
gratified surrounded by a mounted escort of various members of her family from
all over the world Queen Victoria arrived in her carriage
at Saint Paul’s Cathedral she was too arthritic to go up the steps so a
special service was held outside with the Queen sitting here in her carriage
at the bottom that day for the first time the Queen
used Telegraph to send her Jubilee message around the Empire ”From my heart
I thanked my beloved people may God bless them eighty years old her eyesight
failing the Queen still had one more service to perform with the outbreak of
the Boer War in 1899 in South Africa she found a new lease of life rallying the
nation after a string of defeats staring memos were dispatched to her government
and to her commanders ”I sincerely hope that the increased taxation necessary to
meet the expenses of the war will not fall upon the working classes the
attempted relief of lady Smith would have succeeded had we had more troops red tapings and useless difficulties must not be regarded would not
corrugated iron Hut’s be used instead of tents it is quite imperative that Lord Roberts
should not move until he has plenty of troops pray impress this onward please let me know what steps you intend to take to protect the Zulus from being attacked by
the Boers? we are bound in honor to stand by my native subjects the Queen dispatched a hundred thousand tins of chocolate to the men at the front which
promptly melted in the African Sun A period in December 1899 became known as
Black Week after three major defeats of the British Army but Windsor the Queen
rose to the occasion telling the Foreign Secretary please
understand there is no undepressed in this house we are not interested in the
possibilities of defeat they do not exist but black week coincided with the
anniversary of the death of Prince Albert and privately the Queen showed
her real feelings when she visited the mausoleum at Frogmore ”already 38 years since the dreadful catastrophe which crushed and changed my life and deprived
me of my guardian angel, feel very low and anxious about the war by Christmas 1900 the Queen was not well she was sleeping badly eating nothing on Christmas Eve she came down to the
Durbar room at Osborne born to see the distribution of presents but could only
write ”I felt very melancholy because I see so badly I gave all my personal
servants their usual presents I took a little supper in my room on January 13th 1901 the Queen’s Journal the diary she had written for 69 years finally
came to an end with ”Out before 1:00, in the garden chair, luncheon and Beatrice
going with me rested afterwards then did some signing” the Queen was taken ill and she slowly began to sink from all over the country
and from Europe members of her family began to assemble at Osborne house the
Queen lingered on for ten days and finally on the 22nd of January 1901
learning that the end was near they began gathering at her bedside Sir James reed the Queen’s doctor at her deathbed later wrote ”all the family was
summoned and the Bishop of Winchester said prayers for the dying while I kept
plying her with oxygen the princesses Christian, Louise and Beatrice kept
mentioning each other’s names the Queen for long too blind to see ”dear mama it’s Beatrice, luncheon is closed too” ”it’s luncheon you’re not alone” ”it’s Bertie” the Kaiser remained the whole time on
the opposite side to me the Queen kept looking at me and frequently gasped ”Sir
James I’m very ill” a few minutes before she died that eyes turned fixedly to the
right and gazed on the picture of Christ in the entombment of Christ over the
fireplace she died with my arm round her I gently removed it let her down on the
pillow and kissed her hand when she died at 6:30 I had for the last hour been
kneeling at the right side supporting her in a semi upright position helped by
the kaiser note on the opposite side of the bed the Queen wanted a white funeral a
picture of her was painted at Osborne looking serene in her final sleep
dressed in white the death of Queen Victoria marked the
end of one of the greatest eras in the history of this country but there was
one final twist she had left the secret list of keepsakes that she wanted placed
in her coffin some of Albert and the children but
there were others too she ordered Sir James reed her doctor to hide them from
everyone Sir James called in members of the family to see her and Princess
Alexandra was the last and she arranged white flowers over her so she looked beautiful
and then they all left and he put a photograph of John Brown in her left
hand as per instructions and a lock of his hair which he wrapped up in tissue
paper and then he covered her up with the white flowers which Queen Alexandra
had put there and then he called in the rest of the members of the household to
come do you think that the Queen Victoria’s children were aware of some
of the things that she’d been asked to have placed in her coffin? No, only maids and dressers and Sir James who did the arranging himself here they were for
the first time these instructions they’d only been seen by Sir James and those
few dressers On a cold winter’s day Queen Victoria
was finally buried in the Frogmore mausoleum in death she was at last
reunited with the Prince Consort the man she’d always been so devoted too the solitary statue of Prince Albert on his tomb was joined by one of the Queen
her head half turned towards him the Queen’s statue been carved years earlier when
the Prince died so that she will always remain in the likeness of a young woman inscribed above the door of the mausoleum in Latin are these words by Queen Victoria ”farewell best beloved here at last I shall rest with thee with thee in Christ
I shall rise again” when the burial was over it began to snow the Queen had got
her white funeral Presented by H.R.H Prince Michael of Kent the tragic story of the last Tsar &
Tsarina of Russia is remembered tomorrow Nicholas and Alexandra that’s at the
same time coming up in a few minutes on UK history gaze upon the face of

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  1. Hello everybody.
    Maybe somebody can help me to find the Name of Composer and Musictitle which is played at the beginning and the End of this great documentary. Shazam didnt work 🙁

  2. The Kaiser's troops did not attack nor invade Britain. War happened as a consequence of coalitions triggered by the killing of the crown prince of Austria by a Serbian separatist. It was Britain that declared war upon Germany when Germany invaded the neutral Belgium to attack France. This invasion of Belgium was also considered by the British government in the preliminaries of the war.

  3. I did not realise she was such an ugly fat woman as the films about her always have someone pretty portraying her.

  4. I find from all the documentaries ive seen on Queen Victoria that she if nothing else, was very loyal to those she felt were loyal to her. I quite liked this documentary. It showed how the liberals have been mucking things up for hundreds of years.

  5. I think that she was clinically depressed after alberts death.One of the symptoms of depression is that they have difficulties making decisions,no matter how trivial the decision might be.I think that Brown relieved her of that responsibility.Perhaps she also liked Brown because he didn't kiss her ass.I don't believe that the relationship was sexual.

  6. As what could happen to a peasant women, also happened to Victoria. Sadly, there are no guarantees in life; not even for a Queen. This is what happens when we love someone too much. When we do, we often leave ourselves no safety net to fall back on, should we lose the object of our love. Never love anyone so much – that you would not be able to survive the loss.
    Only God deserves that kind of love.

  7. I'm in tears…. I wish she had been able to be with her Prince her whole life… she loved him SOOO much…. I can't stand the thought of her grief.

  8. Very informative and engaging. Prince Michael of Kent was excellent in presenting this story of his great great grandparents.

  9. I'm a Boer descendant. Queen Victoria and her army of evil Englishmen were the enemy of my people. Let us never forget how a small Boer army were able to bring the mighty English army to it's knees.

  10. She must have been pretty tough little lady..9 kids.. how many did she lose?
    First cousins.. must really had a good sex life.
    She was not attractive at all.

  11. In the last episode they said Prine Albert died from TB and in this episode they said he died from typhoid. Does anyone really know what he died from?

  12. Thank you for this excellent information. The only knowledge I had about HRH Victoria and Albert was here. How wrong I was. I will never trust Rowan Atkinson's history of England

  13. Queen Victoria’s salvation testimonies: "To her Gracious Majesty, our beloved Queen Victoria, from one of  her most humble subjects: With  trembling hands, but heartfelt love, and because I know that we can be absolutely sure now of our eternal life in the Home that  Jesus went  to  prepare, may I ask your Most Gracious Majesty  to  read  the following passages of Scripture: John 3:16; Romans 10:9,10? These  passages  prove that there is full assurance  of  salvation  by faith  in our Lord Jesus Christ for those who believe and  accept  His finished work. I sign myself, your servant for Jesus' sake,
                                    John Townsend"

    John Townsend told others about his letter to the Queen. Many  prayers from  many  hearts went up to God. In about two weeks  he  received  a modest-looking envelope in which was the following letter; "To John Townsend: Your letter of recent date I received and in reply would state that  I have carefully and prayerfully read the portions of Scripture referred to.  I  believe in the finished work of Christ for me,  and  trust  by God's  grace  to  meet you in that Home of which He  said,  "I  go  to prepare a place for you.” (signed) Victoria Guelph"
    Some  years  later the Queen was visiting the tenants on  one  of  the Royal  Estates, and an old lady nervously came up to  her,  curtseyed, and said, trembling, "Your Majesty, will I see you in Heaven one day?” Victoria smiled, and replied, "By the all-availing blood of Jesus, you most certainly shall, my dear! I have His word on it!”

    Romans 10:9-10 from the Bible: “That if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. For with the heart one believes unto righteousness, and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.”

    Val Lee of “val lee weblog”

  14. It's very annoying when these shows can't get the historical facts correct. Case in point, the Diana Rigg character was born in 1811 while Victoria was born only 8 years later in 1819. Yet, in Victoria she is portrayed as a very old lady. What stupidity.

  15. Prince Michael gave the documentary a deeper meaning for me, as its his personal family history, and his narrative skills I enjoyed very much….
    And now I'm enjoying reflecting on it……history….love…..devotion….
    Thanks for the upload:–)

  16. I struggle with the fact that Queen Victoria’s diary and hence this particular interpretation of her life was edited by her daughter after her death… what is the truth of this life ?

  17. The majority of wives see their husbands go first. Yes, she was very young (42), but this was far from unusual, especially at that time. Perhaps she was wallowing in her grief? We all have to go through misery, after all.

  18. She was so needy. What was remarkable about her? Nothing in my eyes ,,very weak. I'd have made a much much better queen ??

  19. Truly enjoyed the documentary but especially as it was narrated by HRH Prince Micheal of Kent, excellent job, impressive

  20. I enjoyed this series. Prince Michael of Kent is an excellent narrator—and adds a little 'something' to the documentary.

  21. Thank you Prince Michael for sharing the lovely story of your great-great grandparents. It is wonderful that you have the buildings, photos, letters and personal items to treasure. I really enjoyed your program.

  22. I feel honored in a way that my parents chose the name of such an amazing, long living and long reigning Queen to be part of my name. ❤ Queen Victoria was a very strong woman in many ways for everything she ever went through and had to deal with in her life!! ?

  23. The Anglo Boer War caused horrific suffering and hardships for South Africans. Thousands of women and children died in concentration camps of hunger and poor conditions in the quest for power. This is how Queen Victoria is still remembered in many countries. Her husband was indeed a gifted person with a much better legacy.

  24. Did the horrible Irish famine during heir heartless colonizing reign? Was opium trafficked during her reign? Where pirates stealing from foreign countries in favour of the Empire?

  25. Tzar Nicholas was not a relative to Queen Victoria but husband of her grand daughter and first cousin of king George and the Kaizer

  26. I love how nobody talks about how she became a recluse and unstable after Albert's death… She wasn't seen months at a time after his death, befriended an Indian butler and raised him to almost knighthood within a year which made the prime minister intervene and stop it… She went crazy after Alberts death but nobody wants to stain her image Bcuz her reign was the countries most prosperous time since the English empire was robbing India blind, stealing there best gems, diamonds and gold, South Africa's diamonds and many other things as well… They even named it "the Victorian age"

  27. Let me get this straight. Queen Victoria thought Prince Albert chasing around Bertie (future King Edward VII) after Bertie got his jimmy waxed, is what killed him. Okay.

  28. Does the music play the entire time!? I want to watch this entire documentary, but it seems I’ll not be able to watch it in peace.

  29. They were so ugly back then for some reason but then again they were old and queen Victoria looks like she's wearing a 50 size pair of underwear

  30. If they're going to have actors portray people who are supposed to be very good riders, it would really help if, you know, they were actually good riders on the horses. Aaghh.

  31. I have to laugh at the attitudes and prejudice regarding the Scotsman. She was a queen and she could decide what company she should keep. The thing was that it took a scot to get her out living again. Even if there was a romantic relationship it was her business, despite what the public should think. Hypocrites the lot of them. Supposedly her children did tamper with her diaries. Heaven forbid that victoria should not have a lover. Just look at all the kings in history committing adultery while their wives were living.

  32. Plagiarism perdery murdered bye poison. Peopl ed close bye cornwall Teresa. May Orwell f10 Chambersburg

  33. Absolutely INSANE to have this background music ruin a good documentary. What selfish idiot impoaed his/herself with such whimsy?

  34. Oh my, what a love story? Prince Michael excelled in giving us such insight not just into the life of Queen Victoria & her "sweet angel" Prince Albert, but others she'd grow to love as friends be they PMs or servants right up to Victorias death, what a fabulous docudrama I've had the pleasure of seeing! ⚘

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