Queen Victoria (May 24,1819 – January 22, 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). She was a national symbol of Great Britain and was the embodiment of a very complicated historical period called “ The Victorian Era.”
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 independent 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 traveled 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.
Doll “Young Queen Victoria”. Created: 2010. Wax. Height 23 cm.
© Text and visuals created by IRINA GORELKINA