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Queen victoria

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Diapora on the life of Queen Victoria

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Queen victoria

  1. 1. Alexandrina Victoria was born on May 24, 1819. She was the daughter of Prince Edward, Duke of Kent and German Princess Victoire of SaxeCoburg. She was not an evident successor to the throne. She became Queen beause she was an only child and because her 3 uncles died with no heirs. Victoria received a secluded education, following the Kensington system under the tight supervision of her omnipresent mother.
  2. 2. LORD MELBOURNE (1779-1848) Melbourne was Victoria‟s first Prime Minister and tutor until 1841. He was a Whig and developed Victoria‟s support of the party although Prince Albert would later advise her to be more apolitical. Melbourne’s major act: Dissenters' Marriage Bill 1836: legalised civil marriage outside of the Church
  3. 3. On October 15, 1839, Victoria proposes to Prince Alber Their Wedding was celebrated on February 10, 1840
  4. 4. “ I NEVER, NEVER spent such an evening!!! MY DEAREST DEAREST DEAR Albert ... his excessive love & affection gave me feelings of heavenly love & happiness I never could have hoped to have felt before! He clasped me in his arms, & we kissed each other again & again! His beauty, his sweetness & gentleness – really how can I ever be thankful enough to have such a Husband! ... to be called by names of tenderness, I have
  5. 5. In 1861, Prince Albert died at only 42. His death plunged the Queen in a deep mourning. She lived secluded and started toneglect her royal duty. The people knew/saw nothing about the Queen. Rumors concerning her mental stability started to emerge, radical voices started to question the utility of the monarchy…
  6. 6. John Brown, the devoted servant who devotedly accompanied the Queen during her mourning.
  7. 7. On Wednesday 13th June 1842, Queen Victoria became the first reigning British monarch to travel by railway ! Victoria would continue to use the railways regularly. Victoria's use of the train helped make it popular with both the less fortunate and the priviledged classes of Britain. Inside Queen Victoria's drawing room on the Royal Train A locomotive decorated for Victoria‟s Golden Jubilee ==> "The Queen's First Trip by Railway”. 1842. Illustrated London News. <==
  8. 8. THE GREAT EXHIBITION 1851 The Koh-I-Noor diamond on view at the Great Exhibition
  9. 9. Victoria as a dedicated mother “I don't dislike babies, though I think very young ones rather disgusting”. “An ugly baby is a very nasty object - and the prettiest is frightful”.
  10. 10. Queen Victoria with Princess Beatrice
  11. 11. Queen Victoria on Feminism (excerpt of her diary): “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, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feelings and propriety. Feminists ought to get a good whipping. Were woman 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.”
  12. 12. A Few Satirical Cartoons : (The Queen‟s bathing machine)
  13. 13. Cartoon from Punch: Disraeli prososing to exchange Victoria‟s old Crown with the a Crown embodying the Empire (you can read „India‟ on the crown held by the character on the left)
  14. 14. The Queen‟s Diamond Jubilee 1897:
  15. 15. The Queen‟s Funeral: On 22 January 1901, Queen Victoria died at Osborne. Her funeral was held at St George’s Chapel, Windsor
  16. 16. Robert Peel was a Conservative stateman was was the Queen‟s PM between 1841 and 1846. The repeal of the Corn Law didn‟t get the support of his fellow Conservatives "Albert said Sir Robert's speech had been very able, his proposal very comprehensive and excellent," Queen Victoria wrote. "He had been much cheered by the opposition but was received in complete silence by the Conservatives."
  18. 18. William Ewart Gladstone (1809 – 1898) was a British Liberal politician. He served 4 times as PM between 1868 and 1894. Gladstone's time saw many reforms including the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland and the introduction of secret voting as well as the Third Reform Act. Gladstone had poor relationships with the Queen who said in her diary “He always addresses me as if I were a public meeting” and Disraeli who called him « God’s only mistake »
  20. 20. EMPRESS OF INDIA 1877 The Munshi Abdul Karim who became The Indian intendant of Victoria for 15 Years and gained her affection.
  21. 21. The other side of India‟s colonization …
  22. 22. Prestige and wealth abroad, poverty at home
  23. 23. Bibliographie: An illustrated history of Britain, David McDowall, Longman Queen Victoria: First Media Monarch, John Plunkett