Victoria The Queen: An Intimate Biography of the Woman Who Ruled an Empire by Julia BairdAlternate cover edition of ASIN B00RKO3UMY
The extraordinary story of the worlds most influential, intriguing and surprising ruler, Queen Victoria.
When Alexandrina Victoria was crowned Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland on 20 June 1837, she was 18 years old and barely five feet tall. Her subjects were fascinated and intrigued; some felt sorry for her. Writer Thomas Carlyle, watching her gilded coach draw away from the coronation, said: Poor little Queen, she is at an age at which a girl can hardly be trusted to choose a bonnet for herself; yet a task is laid upon her from which an archangel might shrink.
Queen Victoria is long dead, but in truth she has shaped us from the grave. She was a tiny, powerful woman who reigned for an astonishing 64 years. By the time of her Diamond Jubilee Procession in 1897, she reigned over a fourth of the inhabitable part of the world, had 400 million subjects, and had given birth to nine children. Suffrage, anti-poverty and anti-slavery movements can all be traced to her monumental reign, along with a profound rethinking of family life and the rise of religious doubt. When she died, in 1901, she was the longest reigning monarch in English history. Victoria is truly the woman who made the modern world.
A fascinating, provocative and authoritative new biography of Queen Victoria which will make us see her in a new light, from one of Australias most admired and respected journalists and commentators, Julia Baird.
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12 surprising facts about Queen Elizabeth II
Queen Elizabeth II is the longest reigning monarch in British history. Known for her efforts to modernise the institution of monarchy and for her love of corgis , Elizabeth has ruled for more than 60 years and celebrated her Diamond Jubilee in She has been portrayed in a variety of films and television programmes over the years, most recently by actresses Claire Foy and Olivia Colman in the popular Netflix series The Crown. But how much do you know about the monarch? Elizabeth was not expected to become queen. Read more:.
Think back a moment to your mids : you were likely just settling into postgrad life, landing your first adult job, and trying to balance fun nights out with paying back your student loans. Or maybe you're in your mids right now , trying to navigate the world after college , on the prowl for a significant other, and trying to balance your desire to travel the world with the responsibility of paying rent on time. Imagine at that time having the responsibility of running a country — wait, more like four countries — placed on your shoulders. At the time, she was only 25 years old — a year-old woman who, for all intents and purposes, was not expected to become queen; Elizabeth's uncle, Prince Edward, inherited the throne from King George V, and many assumed he would marry and have children of his own that would knock Elizabeth down the line of succession. But in , when Elizabeth was just 10, Edward abdicated the throne to marry his divorced mistress, American socialite Wallis Simpson , and George VI took over. For the first 10 years of her life, Elizabeth would have been just like today's Princess Beatrice: a distant heir to the throne. Nobody predicted that George would fall ill and pass away so soon — he was only 56 — but those royal duties quickly became hers.
She married Philip Mountbatten , Duke of Edinburgh, in , became queen on February 6, , and was crowned on June 2, As the longest-serving monarch in British history, she has tried to make her reign more modern and sensitive to a changing public while maintaining traditions associated with the crown. Her mother was Lady Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon. The couple married in and had two daughters, Elizabeth and Margaret. Elizabeth has ties with most of the monarchs in Europe. At the time of her birth, most people did not realize Elizabeth would someday become queen of Great Britain. Elizabeth, nicknamed Lilibet, got to enjoy the first decade of her life with all the privileges of being a royal without the pressures of being the heir apparent.
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Her father acceded to the throne on the abdication of his brother King Edward VIII in , from which time she was the heir presumptive. She has reigned as a constitutional monarch through major political changes, such as devolution in the United Kingdom , Canadian patriation , and the decolonisation of Africa. Between and , the number of her realms varied as territories gained independence, and as realms, including South Africa, Pakistan, and Ceylon renamed Sri Lanka , became republics. Her many historic visits and meetings include a state visit to the Republic of Ireland and visits to or from five popes. Significant events have included her coronation in and the celebrations of her Silver , Golden , and Diamond Jubilees in , , and , respectively.
Queen Elizabeth II has ruled for so long that most people in the United Kingdom have never known another monarch. She became queen when her father, King George VI, died on February 6, though her official coronation was on June 2, After Robert Mugabe was ousted as president of Zimbabwe on Tuesday, the Queen became the world's oldest head of state , at 91 years old. When she dies, life will turn upside down for Brits, and many others who admire her from across the globe. Since the most recent UK census data was from , we used age-specific death rates to calculate how many Brits who were over 63 in would likely still be alive today. This remarkable fact is a testament to Queen Elizabeth's stamina as Britain's longest reigning monarch, and the world's oldest head of state.