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The Young Victoria

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VICTORIA TRIVIA 

  • The name Victoria was originally a German name.
  • Queen Victoria was the very first person in Great Britain to be given this name. 
  • There are over one hundred and ten thousand Victoria’s in Britain today.
  • So great was Victoria's love for Albert, that every day for forty years after he died, she had his clothes laid afresh on his bed at Windsor Castle and herself wore black for the rest of her life.
  • There are over 200 places around the world named in honour of Queen Victoria. These range from the exotic Victoria Falls in Africa right through to the London Underground line you're travelling on.
  • Queen Victoria fell in love with Prince Albert and proposed to him on their second meeting.  She wrote in her diary "He has the most pleasing and delightful exterior and appearance you can possibly see.”
  • The ultimate trend setter of her day, Queen Victoria began the tradition of the white wedding dress.  Previously brides wore their best dress, of no particular colour.

FURTHER VICTORIA TRIVIA 

·     Victoria's face appeared on the world's first stamp, the Penny Black.

·     She was the first monarch to have electric lights and a telephone.

·     Victoria was the first monarch to use Buckingham Palace as the main Royal residence.

·     She was the first British monarch to be photographed.

·     She produced nine children, forty grandchildren and thirty-seven great grandchildren.

·     Victoria proposed to Albert five days after their second meeting!  As Queen, Victoria could not receive a proposal from a man.

·     Queen Victoria once won six prizes at the 1891 Crufts Dog Show when she entered her Pomeranian dogs.

·     Her first act after coming to the throne was to remove her bed from her mother's room.

·     Supposedly, when her ex-prime minister Benjamin Disraeli was on his death bed, Victoria offered to come and see him, he is said to have answered, "No, it is better not. She would only ask me to take a message to Albert.

INTERESTING FACTS 

1.    Victoria was the first royal to travel by train, on 13 June 1842, between London and Windsor (for the Castle). 

2.    Queen Victoria and Albert are credited with having invented the tartan in about 1850. It was intended that the tartan should be personal to the Sovereign's family and so it was not possible to purchase it for public use 

3.    Victoria proposed to Albert five days after their second meeting!  As Queen, Victoria could not receive a proposal from a man. Image:The Young Queen Victoria.jpg

4.    Until she was Queen, Victoria was forbidden from going up or down stairs without holding someone’s hand – in case she hurt herself. 

5.    Queen Victoria publicly praised and used the fashionable 19th century cocaine-based drink Vin Mariani that later inspired Coca-Cola.

6.    The Kinks’ song Victoria, which appeared on their 1969 album Arthur (Or The Decline And Fall Of The British Empire), was named after Queen Victoria.

7.    There were seven attempts to assassinate Queen Victoria during her reign, between 1840 and 1882.

8.    She is the name sake of Britain’s most famous fictional pub, The Queen Vic in Eastenders.  55 other UK pubs are named after her.

9.    In 2008, a pair of Queen Victoria's 50 inch waist bloomers were bought at auction for £4,500

10.  She was the first monarch to have electric lights and a telephone.

11.  First British monarch to own the Koh-i-Noor diamond

12.  Victoria was the first monarch to use Buckingham Palace as the main Royal residence.

13.  Victoria has links throughout Europe's royal families, nicknaming her "the grandmother of Europe"

14.  Victoria’s face appeared on the world’s first stamp, the Penny Black.

15.  Victoria was the last monarch in the House of Hanover.

16.  Albert bought Balmoral Castle for Queen Victoria in 1846

17.  Alexandrina Victoria was named after her godfather, Russia's Tsar Alexander I.

18.  A pair of stockings worn by Queen Victoria was sold for £8,000 in September 2008.

19.  Victoria kept a diary from the age of 13 until the end of her life. 

20.  Victoria took on the title Empress of India in 1876, officially becoming the first British Monarch to rule India 

21.  Until she came of age at 18 she always slept in her mother's room 

22.  She was the first British monarch to be photographed. 

23.  Victoria is associated with Britain's great age of industrial expansion, economic progress and, especially, the empire. 

24.  Supposedly, when her ex-prime minister Benjamin Disraeli was on his death bed, Victoria offered to come and see him, he is said to have answered, “No, it is better not. She would only ask me to take a message to Albert. 

25.  Her first act after coming to the throne was to remove her bed from her mother's room

26.  She was the first Queen of Australia. The Commonwealth of Australia was confederated on 1 January 1901, only 21 days before her death 

27.  Photography was refined and portraits became rapidly available to the masses during Victoria’s reign. 

28.  Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone in 1873 

29.  Another great engineering feat in the Victorian Era was the sewage system in London. 

30.  When she was young her nickname was Drina. 

31. Queen Victoria has been played by over 95 different people on screen, including Dame Judi Dench in Mrs Brown and both Michael Palin and Terry Jones in Monty Python’s Flying Circus.  

32.  She produced nine children, forty grandchildren and thirty-seven great grandchildren. 

33.  One of the enduring authors of the Victorian era is George Eliot (a pseudonym for Mary Ann Evans) 

34.  She was one of the first users of chloroform as an anaesthetic in childbirth. 

35.  The Victorian era cultivated the study of science and saw the publication of Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species 

36.  Victoria’s reign saw the world famous Jack the Ripper murders.  

37.  Basic State Education became free for every child under the age of 10 under her rule.  

38.  Brass bands and 'The Bandstand' became popular in the Victorian era. 

39.  Sherlock Holmes, Dracula, Edward Hyde and The Invisible Man were all created under Victoria’s reign

40.  She surpassed her grandfather King George III as the longest lived British monarch, reaching the age of 81 years and 243 days.  

41.  One of Victoria’s favourite books was The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

42.  She died in the arms of her first grandchild, the German Emperor William II 

43.  She outlived eleven of her 42 grandchildren 

44.  Edward Bulwer-Lytton is widely regarded as the worst writer of the Victorians (although he was immensely popular in his day). Bulwer-Lytton is responsible for this infamous sentence: “it was a dark and stormy night.”

 

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