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In Honour of Queen Victoria’s Birthday.

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Queen Victoria (24 may 1819 – 22 January 1901) – Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Impress of India. The last monarch of the House of Hanover.

She was born to be a Queen, she was raised to be a Queen, and she did everything to stay a Queen.

During her reign she earned names like “The Widow of Windsor”(after her husband death) and “The Grandmother of Europe”(because through the marriages of her children she was related to nearly all royal families of Europe). 

Queen Victoria was an incredibly paradoxical figure.

She was beautiful, earnest, egoistic. She was terrifically stubborn and at the same time easily manipulated. She liked flattery and her Prime Minister Disraeli practically built their relationship using this weakness of hers.

She symbolized the epoch of new values and social achievements but did not accept them.

She was an icon of motherhood but hated pregnancy and childbirth.

She had nine children and forty two grandchildren but felt herself uncomfortable in the presence of kids.

She desperately wanted to be free and even sent her mother away after becoming a Queen. But very soon she proposed to her first cousin and married him.

She did not want to share the rule of the country with her husband but later she said that “We women are not made for governing”.

She was the first monarch who travelled by train but was completely indifferent to the technological innovations which dramatically changed everything around.

She was a woman but opposed giving women the right to vote.

There were seven attempts on her life (1840-1882) but they only increased her popularity.

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Doll “Young Queen Victoria”

Created: 2010

Height: 23 cm (sitting position, without the crown)

Material: pigmented wax, wire, fabric

Costume: three layers of clothing

© Text and visuals created by IRINA GORELKINA

Happy Birthday, Your Majesty!

Queen Elizabeth II (Elizabeth Alexandra Mary) – a monarch of The House of Windsor, was born on 21 April 1926, became a Queen at the age of 25 (in 1952). The Queen is Head of State of United Kingdom and 15 Commonwealth realms and Supreme Governor of the Church of England.

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This Doll was made in 2010. Height: 31 cm (without a crown). Material: pigmented wax, wire, fabric. Costume: three layers of clothing.

 During the last exhibition at the Gibson Centre for Community, Arts and Culture (Alliston, Ontario), where this doll was on display, one of the visitors asked me a question:

“Is she in mourning?”

No, She is not. Six years ago when I worked on this doll I specifically chose this the most unusual image of Her Majesty The Queen. That dramatic outfit caused some shock among the press corps of those days.

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The Queen was the first British monarch who made a state visit to Vatican. It was an important historical episode, which shown a new turning point in the relations between the Church Of England and the Roman Catholics.

According to the Protocol “women visiting the Pope in the Vatican should wear long dresses and veils – white for Roman Catholics, black for those of other religions”.

 (Her Majesty The Queen was wearing the famous “Vladimir Tiara,” which was made in Russia in circa 1890, The Royal Family Orders of King George V (blue silk) and King George VI (pink silk) and The Order of the Garter).

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The outfit for the doll was made on the basis of Ian Thomas’s design. Ian Thomas was a British fashion designer who created  the black silk, velvet and taffeta dress worn by her Majesty the Queen in 1980 to meet Pope John Paul II at the Vatican.

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