Queen Victoria: Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow by Lucy Worsley
Who was Queen Victoria? A little old lady, potato-like in appearance, dressed in everlasting black? Or a passionate young princess, a romantic heroine with a love of dancing? There is also a third Victoria - a woman who was also a remarkably successful queen, one who invented a new role for the monarchy. She found a way of being a respected sovereign in an age when people were deeply uncomfortable with having a woman on the throne.
As well as a queen, Victoria was a daughter, a wife, a mother and a widow, and at each of these steps along lifes journey she was expected to conform to what society demanded of a woman. On the face of it, she was deeply conservative. But if you look at her actions rather than her words, she was in fact tearing up the rule book for how to be female.
By looking at the detail of twenty-four days of her life, through diaries, letters and more, we can see Victoria up close and personal. Examining her face-to-face, as she lived hour to hour, allows us to see, and to celebrate, the contradictions at the heart of British historys most recognisable woman.
Princess Victoria of Saxe Coburg Saalfeld, 1786–1861 Mother to Queen Victoria
What Was Queen Victoria Like as a Mother?
Presented by Professor Kate Williams Royal historian. Queen Victoria restored the reputation of a monarchy tarnished by the extravagance of her royal uncles. She also shaped a new role for the Royal Family, reconnecting it with the public through civic duties. At just 4ft 11in tall, Victoria was a towering presence as a symbol of her Empire. She and her husband Albert and their nine children came to symbolise a new, confident age. Alexandrina Victoria was born to the Duchess of Kent. Her father was the fourth son of George III and she was fifth in line to the throne.
What we almost always forget is that not only was she an enduring sovereign and besotted wife, she was also the 19th century's most powerful and prominent working mother. For 40 years she was a single mother of nine children. Her privilege inoculated her from most of the struggles of single mothers, of course, but she is still given little credit for the fact that she parented for four decades alone, so loudly is she criticised for the intense way she mourned her husband after he died at She was certainly given little credit by the recent BBC documentary titled Queen Victoria's Children , in which she was dubbed a "domestic tyrant". This gripping series built the case that Britain's longest reigning queen was a remote, caustic and unkind mother: controlling, bored and repulsed by her children. She was, we learned, a woman who was so sexually obsessed with her husband that her libido crowded out any maternal affection.
Queen Victoria had nine children — four boys and five girls born between and — with her husband, Prince Albert.
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Queen Victoria's 9 Children
By Eleanor Bley Griffiths. Despite her huge family, it seems the Queen was not all that keen on pregnancy or babies, and she did not take easily to motherhood. Unusually for the Victorian period, all of them survived into adulthood, although their youngest son Leopold suffered from haemophilia and died at the age of Modern writers have speculated that the queen may have suffered from postnatal depression after many of her pregnancies. She certainly struggled to bond with her children as newborns, and kept her distance from the babies in their early years. Little Vicky was born nine months after the royal wedding.
Please refresh the page and retry. H aving six wives and beheading two of them is not the sort of behaviour recommended in parenting manuals. Victoria is often portrayed as a woman who adored her husband, Albert, but had little interest in her nine children. She was incredibly fond of her children. She did her best.