Useful Notes: Queen Victoria
aka: Queen Vicky
Captain Darling: "I'm as British as Queen Victoria!"
"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 to date.
She married her cousin Francis Albert Augustus Charles Emmanuel in 1840. Albert died of typhoid fever in 1861, still young(ish) and handsome, 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; 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 Albert Edward had a better understanding of public relations and charmed the socks off the whole country, and partied the socks off the whole upper crust.
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
Her Majesty Victoria and her reign involve examples of the following tropes:
The Queen has been seen in the following works: