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Queen Victoria: The real story of her 'domestic bliss'

To the outside world Queen Victoria, Prince Albert and their family seemed the embodiment of domestic bliss, but the reality was very different, writes historian Jane Ridley.

The marriage between the two first cousins - the young Queen and the clever, handsome German prince - was a love match. Over 17 years, nine children were born: four boys and five girls.

Paintings and photographs projected an image of a virtuous, devoted young couple surrounded by obedient, fair-haired children.

Though sexually infatuated, the young couple were locked into a power struggle. Albert took over more and more of Victoria's work as queen as her pregnancies forced her to step aside. Victoria was conflicted: she admired her "angel" for his talents and ability but she deeply resented being robbed of her powers as queen.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20782442
Alice

The first episode of Queen Victoria's Children was so interesting and I look forward to watching the other two which I have recorded.  If you have missed them, I am sure they can be seen on BBC iPlayer.
brainbox

Thanks for that info Alice and that link was very interesting. I bet Jan will be really interested in this as Queen Victoria and Albert with their Children spent an enormous amount of their time at their private estate on the Isle Of White. Victoria actually died there and lots of the Castle and grounds are as they were in the 19th century, including her Bedroom, and open to visitors.......oops .I hope I havent spoilt the series for you before you have seen it all Alice  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing
Alice

brainbox wrote:
Thanks for that info Alice and that link was very interesting. I bet Jan will be really interested in this as Queen Victoria and Albert with their Children spent an enormous amount of their time at their private estate on the Isle Of White. Victoria actually died there and lots of the Castle and grounds are as they were in the 19th century, including her Bedroom, and open to visitors.......oops .I hope I havent spoilt the series for you before you have seen it all Alice  Laughing  Laughing  Laughing


Unfortunately when I visited the IOW I didn't go to see Osbourne House which I regret very much.
Alice

When watching the Victoria documentary, an historian said that when Albert married Victoria he was viewed with suscipion because people thought he was using her for his own political ends.

Obscene lampoons were printed about their wedding night and here is one!  

Albert entered by Bushey

Advanced through Maidenhead

Penetrated Virginia Waters

and left Staines behind  

Laughing  Laughing
brainbox

Shocked  Shocked

It appears from that little ditty that it was another type of end he was more interested in  hey Alice ?

Razz
Barbie

Flippin' 'eck Alice!  Shocked


Razz
Alice

The final episode of Victoria's children was about the four princes.  Victoria was a very controlling mother who wanted her sons to be pure before they married but there wasn't much chance of that.  She married Bertie to Princess Alex of Denmark and tried to control them while they lived in Marlborough House by employing spying servants.  She even instructed that they spy on Princess Alex's menstrual cycle.  Hard to believe in this day and age.  

A really great series and if you should get the chance to watch it do so!
brainbox

Alice . I have missed what appears to be a very well researched and gripping Mini-Series ,I will definitely watch that when it is re-shown, i love all that kinda Stuff.. Thanks for the run down on it

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