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•   Victoria as a girl
•   Hobbies
•   Preparing for the crown
•   Female influences
•   Male companionship
•   Victoria’s marriage
•   Golden and diamond jubilee
•   Queens nowadays
    Victoria was the longest reigning British monarch and the
figurehead of a vast empire. She oversaw huge changes in British
               society and gave her name to an age.

The Princess Victoria was born in 1819 in
Kensington Palace, London. After her baptism
the family moved from London to Devonshire
but the death of the Duke of Kent forced the
family to go back to Kensington Palace, where
they lived a quiet life away from the bustle and
intrigues of court life. Her childhood was
similar to that of an upper-class English girl of
her time; her days were filled with lessons in
languages, writing, music, history, geography
and religion. Princess Victoria was very fond of
her many pets, she loved playing dressing-up
and riding horses. Although she was often
'good' in her conduct, there were numerous
notations in which Victoria's behaviour is
described negatively as VERY VERY VERY
Princess Victoria became a dedicated journal-writer at the
age of 13, and maintained her journal throughout her long
life. Victoria also wrote a variety of 'compositions' that
reveal her character, her interests, and her education.
She attended the theatre and musical concerts, and this
constituted some of the greatest joys she experienced in
her youth. Although Queen Victoria is famous for never
being amused, this myth could not have originated from
her early years.
Victoria was a passionate child and a strong-willed girl but her
carefully monitored life allowed her little freedom. Her uncle
Leopold, in his frequent letters, often commented upon
Victoria's appearance and public conduct. He attempted to
prepare his young niece for the demands and responsibilities of
her work. He also reminded her that 'high personages are a
little like stage actors - they must always make efforts to
please their public.'

 As she grew older, her mother's criticisms
became irritating to the sensitive girl.
Feodora, her sister, the second child of her
mother’s first marriage, was well-loved by
Victoria, and the two sisters maintained a
lively correspondence throughout their lives.
Louise was Victoria's confidante throughout
the entire youth of the princess, and into her
first years as Queen. Her mother, the Duchess
of Kent, and Sir John Conroy attempted to
convince Victoria that she would not be fit to
rule until she was aged 21 (although legally she
would gain her majority at 18), but Louise
supported her refusal of her mother’s designs.

As a consequence, the rare occasions when she was allowed
male companionship were much-anticipated treats for the
Princess. Her father's former equerry and her mother's
closest advisor. Her uncle Leopold, however, functioned as
a steady, father-figure for Victoria throughout her
girlhood. Victoria's cousins, Ernest and Albert, visited her
occasionally and they helped Victoria to celebrate her
17th birthday. Victoria was quite enamoured of three
Persian princes seeking asylum in England. The significance
of the loss of her father when she was an infant, and of
the lack of male company in her childhood, cannot be
underestimated when judging Victoria's character and
growth into a woman; she would seek male attention and
companionship for the rest of her life.
 She succeeded her uncle, William IV in
1837, at the age of 18. In 1840, she
married her first cousin, Prince Albert
of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha. For the next 20
years they lived in close harmony and
had a family of 9 children, many of
whom eventually married into the
European monarchy.The German Prince
never really won the favour of the
British public, and only after 17 years
he was given official recognition, with
the title of “Prince consort”. Victoria
relied heavily on Albert. Britain was
evolving into a constitutional monarchy
in which the monarch had fewer powers
and was expected to remain above party
Victoria never fully recovered from Albert’s death in 1861 and
she remained in mourning for the rest of her life. Her
subsequent withdrawal from public life made her unpopular, but
during the late 1870s she gradually returned to public view. In
1877, Victoria became Empress of India. Victoria’s Golden
Jubilee in 1887 and her Diamond Jubilee in 1897 were
celebrated with great enthusiasm. Having witnessed a revolution
in British government, huge industrial expansion and the growth
of a worldwide empire, Victoria died in 1901 at Osborn House.
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