Her reputation greatly precedes her as the longest reigning female monarch in history, an esteemed leader of England, and the driving force behind the Victorian era, a period of style, sophistication, and innovation. Hence is the legacy of Queen Victoria, who still remains a steady subject of interest today. In addition to what you read in history books, here are some fun and lesser known facts about this captivating queen to enhance your enrichment of who exactly she was.
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- Victoria wasn’t her first name – As was the case with royalty of the day, they had several names. In fact, the queen’s name was originally going to be Georgiana Charlotte Augusta Alexandrina Victoria (Imagine trying to fit all that on a bank card or check!). However, her uncle decided to save her some writing and got rid of her fist three names and she was baptized simply as Alexandrina Victoria. In her early years, she went by the name, Drina, but later shifted to simply Victoria by her own choosing.
- She was not always serious and quite amused at many things – The common depiction of Queen Victoria in paintings and images is off a somber woman dressed in black. In these pictures, she comes across as serious and void of cheer. However, these depictions are from her later years, when she was depressed and grieving the death of her husband, Albert, who died of typhoid. Despite this stage, she did suck the vigor out of life and was known to live it up! She enjoyed dancing, drinking, playing the piano, playing charades, and was a huge patron of the arts, often summon troupes to her court to put on shows. She was also known to crack jokes and have a keen sense of humor.
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- She was a collector of nude art – Being a skilled artist and taking drawing lessons, Victoria had a passion for fine art. In particular, she had a fondness for nude art and often gave it to her husband as gifts in celebration of special events. Her husband, Albert, would also return the sentiment by adding to her collection of nude art as presents. She commissioned different artists at various times to paint nude figures in locations in her home or places around town and also had nude statues built.
- She survived multiple assassination attempts - Security has grown in lengths and bounds since the nineteenth century. Had it been better in Victoria’s time, she may have been able to avoid her seven assassination attempts, most of these occurring while riding in open carriages. With this in mind, it would be fair to deem Victoria as a true survivor. Let’s disregard the fact that some of these attempts were fail proof including an attacker coming at her with an unloaded gun and another attacker who had a gun filled with mostly tobacco. There were also more sever attacks involving gun shots being fired at her and being attacked by a brass-tipped walking stick on the head, causing a bruised face and a black eye. All things considered, Victoria was extremely lucky!
- She learned Hindustani – Victoria was a woman of many languages including German, French, and English. In the 1870s when she acquired Indian servants, she picked up the Indian language of Hindustani to communicate with them. She became quite accomplished in both the spoken and written language and thoroughly enjoyed it.
As we examine these pieces of trivia about Queen Victoria, we are reminded that, even the greatest of royals, are merely humans at heart with fascinating and interesting attributes. But rest assured that she still looked royal, sporting queenly garb and leading the fashions of the Victorian era, for which she is named. To see our collection of Victorian era clothing and royal attire, go to: http://www.historicalclothingrealm.com/