Useful Notes / Queen Victoria

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Captain Darling: I'm as British as Queen Victoria!
Captain Blackadder: So your father's German, you're half-German, and you married a German?

Queen Victoria (1819-1901) reigned over the largest empire the world has ever seen. She was a hugely important figure, causing sweeping changes in the history of many parts of the world, and inspiring her people. She was not simply a prudish old woman with no sense of humour, and in fact probably never said, "We are not amused".

Her reign was equally momentous, occupying nearly the entire period of the Industrial Revolution, from 1837 to 1901, and being the longest in British history till the 9th of September 2015, when her great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth II surpassed her.

She married her handsome cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, a small principality in what is now Germany, in 1840. Albert died of typhoid fever in 1861, only 42, leaving Victoria stricken with grief. She never remarried, and indeed she spent the rest of her reign wearing only mourning colours and only rarely making public appearances and even more rarely living at Buckingham Palace; this earned her the not-entirely-complimentary nickname "the Widow of Windsor." As a result, republican sentiment in Britain was at its height, to the extent that some felt the monarchy was going to be abolished sooner or later; fortunately (for the monarchy at any rate), the Prince of Wales, and future Edward VII, "Bertie" had a better understanding of public relations and charmed the socks off the whole country, and partied the socks off the whole upper crust.

Victoria wanted every male British monarch after her to have a double-barrelled regnal name of "Albert [Something]," starting with her son, whom she expected would be known as "Albert Edward." However, "Bertie" decided that he would better honour his father's name if he left it to stand alone, and took the name "Edward VII." Now there is an opposite tradition: Any monarch with the given name "Albert" would not use that name, out of respect for the Prince Consort's singular position. However, there is a low-key tradition where each monarch who has a second son gives that son "Albert" as one of his names (if not necessarily his primary given name).

Many, many books have been written about her and her era. These tend to be set when they were written, either in Victorian London or in the colonies. Also the default timeframe for Steampunk works.

The Queen has been seen in the following works:

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     Anime and Manga  

  • In Black Butler, main character Ciel Phantomhive directly serves as her "watchdog" as part of his family's role and does what she wants to protect the country, essentially serving as England's black-ops. The manga version has her manservant John Brown follow her around with an Albert hand puppet to calm her down whenever her mourning overtakes her.

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     Films — Animated  

     Films — Live-Action  

     Literature  
  • One of The Royal Diaries books is "written" by Queen Victoria when she is in her late preteens/early teens, around the time of William IV's accession. (In fact, the wham entry for her is when she realizes she's his successor.)
    • Incidentally, in real life Victoria really was an obsessive journal writer, even by the standards of the times. Her daily journals cover a 69 year period and totals 121 volumes (that would mean that Victoria wrote about two thousand words a day—i.e. roughly the daily output of a professional author).
  • A child Victoria makes an appearance in the Gaslamp Fantasy The Missing Magician. Also it turns out that as she is of Royal Blood, no one can cast spells on her because England's ley lines protect her.
  • Makes the occasional appearance in The Parasol Protectorate.
  • The 1939 movie adaptation of A Little Princess
  • A recurring character in the Flashman series, where she's portrayed as an amiable ditz.
  • Queen Victoria is married to Dracula in Anno Dracula, which takes place in a what-if scenario where he survived the events of the novel and proceeded to take power by storming Buckingham Palace and turning Victoria into his vampire bride. She is kept around as Puppet Queen, locked up as a prisoner inside her own palace while Dracula rules England as the tyrannical Prince-Consort. The main protagonist delivers her from her torment by killing her with a silver knife and effectively dissolving Dracula's claim to the throne.

     Live-Action TV  

  • The series Victoria, which follows her early years on the throne and her May December relationship with the Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne (whom it was long rumoured Victoria was in love with), and her romance and marriage to Prince Albert. Initially announced as a miniseries for broadcast in 2016, it was popular enough in its first few episodes that a second series was quickly commissioned. Jenna Coleman portrays the queen from the age of 18 onwards.
  • The Doctor Who episode "Tooth and Claw". A running subplot in the episode is a bet between the Doctor and his companion Rose whether or not they could get the Queen to say "I am not amused". In direct response to the events of the episode, she founded the Torchwood Institute.
  • Vicki and Albert begin to appear in episode 3 of the 1978 ITN miniseries Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic, played by Rosemary Leach and Jeremy Longhurst. Disraeli is telling his wife that facing the royal couple is like — cutting to our first view of them as Dizzy continues in voiceover — "looking into a double-barreled shotgun."
  • Victoria and Albert naturally appear in the 1975 ATV miniseries Edward the Seventh (also called Edward the King). Victoria, played by Annette Crosbie in a BAFTA-winning role, appears in 10 of 13 episodes and the first focuses largely on her (the title character being unborn, a baby, or small child for most of it).
  • Blackadder's Christmas Carol has a short, chubby, highly-sexed, Victoria and a doofus Albert (played by Miriam Margoles and Jim Broadbent, respectively) singing Christmas carols and exchanging gifts.
  • Monty Python's Flying Circus
    • The "Wacky Queen" sketch features Queen Victoria acting out silly hijinks from a turn-of-the-century silent film comedy, like squirting Gladstone with a garden hose.
    • Another sketch, the "Queen Victoria Handicap", is a horse-racing spoof in which all eight participants are named, and are, Queen Victoria.
  • She was the #18 "Greatest Briton" on One Hundred Greatest Britons.

     Theatre  

  • The play Victoria Regina (1934) with Helen Hayes as Victoria and 24-year-old Vincent Price making his acting (and Broadway) debut as Albert.

     Video Games  

     Visual Novels  

  • The Steam Punk visual novel Code:Realize takes place in an alternate version of Victoria's Britain, and Victoria herself plays a key role in the plot, particularly in Victor Frankenstein's route.

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     Western Animation  

     Multiple Media  

  • The Queen has appeared in the Horrible Histories franchise.
    • She gets two musical number in the TV series; one with her butler called "British Things", where she finds out that most of the things from her empire don't originate from the British Isles, and a love duet with her husband called "Vic and Al", where they sing about their passionate devotion to each other.
    • She appears on "This Is Your Life" in the audio-book series and reunites with her royal subjects, her dead husband from a video call and the Grim Reaper. Throughout, she is portrayed as the grumpy stereotype that everyone associates her with, and her catchphrase being "We are not amused".
    • She had her own book dedicated to her in the original book series and her own episode in season 6 of the TV series. Both take pains to point out various facts about her beyond the stereotype, such as her actually being a very sensual woman despite the stereotypical prudery of the agenote . Both also claim she did say "We are not amused", but only once in her life, and the story differs between the two versionsnote .


Alternative Title(s): Queen Vicky

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