• Married her first cousin, Prince Albert, in 1840 and when he died in 1861 she mourned him for the rest of her life, which is why in all the pictures we see she is wearing black.

 

  • A cheese, she was given as a wedding gift, which weighed 80 stone and was from the milk of 750 cows, was publicly exhibited by the farmers who made it. However, after the exhibition she refuse to take it back!

 

  • As a little girl she was frightened of wigs. It was only after the Bishop of Salisbury, while wearing his wig, allowed her to play with his badge of Chancellor of the Order of the Garter that she got over it.

 

  • From the age of 13 she kept a dairy until she died. It ran to over 120 books. We can’t read it now because after her death her daughter, Beatrice, went through them to censor them, the result, most were destroyed. What was in them, I wonder?

 

  • Was the first Monarch to live in Buckingham Palace, but after Prince Alberts death she lost interest in it and spent most of her time away from it..

 

She was our Queen from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901, she also became the Empress of India on 1 May 1876.

Your children can meet her in our show The Victorian Historian – A Journey to Victorian England just go to https://bit.ly/2ZHhtmw where you can read two pages of script and hear two of the songs.