The Life of Queen Victoria
Alexandrina Victoria was born on the 24th of May 1819 and began her rule of England in 1939 (June 18th). Growing up, Victoria described her childhood as “rather melancholy” . She was largely isolated from other children and grew up with her mother (Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburd Saafield) being very protective. She was raised under the ‘Kensington System’, a strict and somewhat demeaning system of raising children. Her harsh childhood is said to be largely responsible for her ‘hard’ mannerisms. When she was 21, Queen Victoria was married to Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg Gotha, also, her first cousin. "Being married gives one one's position like nothing else can" queen victoria spoke very highly of her husband, he was the love of her life. He was also a major player in the development of her as a ruler. As she fell pregnant (nine times total), Albert stepped up to the role as ruler whilst she attended "...domestic duties." Victoria was grateful to Albert for being so loyal to her, but she also felt robbed of her monarch whilst he took over. Queen Victoria saw it as her duty to have children to Albert, although she was disgusted by the whole concept of it.
Life as a ruler
Victoria’s reign was remembered as a golden age of empire if anything. She was one of the strongest and most powerful rulers both politically and with the public. She was said to have ruled London in it’s economic and industrial expansion. In the early part of her reign, she was influenced by two men: her first Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne, and her husband, Prince Albert, whom she married in 1840. Both men taught her much about how to be a ruler in a 'constitutional monarchy' where the monarch had very few powers but could use much influence. Her Public appearances diminished after her husbands’ death until about the 1870’s when the Queen reappeared in the public affairs of the nation. Queen Victoria ruled the United Kingdoms of Great Britain, Ireland and India. During her reign, Britain was the most powerful country in the world, with the largest empire that had ever existed in history. She has been the longest reigning Queen of a monarch in UK history (sixty four years).
The British became involved in the Crimean War from 1854 to 1856. The queen, lacking any power in military situations, felt compelled to help in the only manner she knew how to. She organized relief efforts, knitted clothing for the cold climates, and visited injured soldiers. She also wrote letters to the newly widowed wives of the deceased men.
The immense power in which a female had at the time is said to have sparked the idea of feminist rights. This would later occur in mass protests, arguments and strikes amongst the public.
n the year 1861, Queen Victoria endured the most difficult year of her life. For this is the year that her beloved, Prince Albert died. She would after this year, reduce her public appearances dramatically. Consequently, her popularity plummeted. The public did not see reason in having someone who would not visit the public as his or her ruler. For if she would not speak to them, how could she speak on behalf of them?
Even though her husband had died, Queen Victoria still had her children. Although, she was said to think that infants were “...a very nasty object – and the prettiest is frightful when undressed.” Which was questionable, as she had 9 children in total.
During the late 1870's, Victoria returned to the public eye. After doubt amongst the public that she could continue her reign as successfully as before, Victoria returned with a vengeance and one again, gained the respect and full support of the public.
The queen celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in 1897, marking sixty years as monarch. Many lovely things were reported to and about her at her Jubilee, many stating that she was an excellent role model.
Queen Victoria died of a stroke at the age of 81; she left behind an incredible legacy as one of the best rulers England has ever witnessed. Her eldest son, King Edward VIII would take over the throne.