Fun facts about Queen Victoria.
By Gary Marsh
May 16, 2019 2:16am CST
Snippets of information about Queen Victoria. These are some little bits of information about Victoria the first I find quite amusing. Electricity. A few years ago I visited Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire. This beautiful country house was built by the Rothschilds and was one of the most modern houses built around that time. It was the first house that had been completely modernised and built in the style of a French Chateaux. Queen Victoria visited the manor and for the first time saw this new fandangled electricity supply. She was so impressed with it that she spent the whole of dinner turning the lights on and off. (She was so taken by it she actually missed out eating dinner) Assassination attempts. Queen Victoria has several assassination attempts on her life. On one occasion she was actually hit on the head by a member of the public. Some had attempted to shoot her fortunately missing but she was lucky enough to have survived every attempt. Most of the attempted assassins were sent to mental institutions. Languages. Queen Victoria was multi lingual. She spoke English, French, German, Italian, Latin and learnt Urdu and Hindustani. She often spoke in German to her husband. Residencies. Queen Victoria was the first Monarch to live in Buckingham Palace. The palace is owned by the state. Windsor castle is also state owned. Balmoral castle in Scotland was bought for Queen Victoria by Prince Albert. Owned by Queen Victoria. Osbourne House re designed and built for the family on the Isle of Wight. It is built in the style of an Italian Palace. Owned by Queen Victoria These were the four main residences of Queen Victoria although she had access to many other palaces around the country should she have wished. World fame. There are many places and monuments named after Victoria around the world. Canada has many. Lake Victoria in Kenya, Victoria falls, Zimbabwe, Victoria peak in Hong Kong, Queensland Australia and the state of Victoria also in Australia. There are still statues around the world of Queen Victoria clock towers to mark her jubilees. We have two such monuments in my town. The clock tower and also the Victoria education centre and statue of her. Golden Jubilee In 1887 fifty Kings Queens and Princes joined the celebration of 50 years of Queen Victoria’s reign. The Desk. The desk used by the President of the United States in the oval office was a gift from Queen Victoria to President Hayes in 1880. It was built from wood from HMS Resolute.
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• London, England
Have to say that the Victorians went overboard on decorating things. That desk is far too ornate for my taste! Have you read the first Flashman book? I know that Flashy says something in Hindi, but I can't remember if she could speak it, at the time. I think the Duke of Wellington was there and knew what it meant
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• Green Bay, Wisconsin
She had quite a life. I can imagine electricity would amaze and amuse her. I wonder how she would have been with the telephone. I have noticed there are a lot of places around the world named in her honor. I knew about the desk but didn't know how it came to be.
• United States
Queen Victoria really was a very complicated woman. I did see a documentary about Queen Victoria regarding her role as a mother. I think she suffered from postpartum depression due to her difficulties when it came to raising her children. That is one very lovely desk from Queen Victoria. My husband has seen it in person, but I have not.
• United Kingdom
You are right. Imagine having to meet people you really would not like to meet and you have no choice because of protocol. Not having the choice to take a day off because you felt like taking a rest. Listening to boring people and to keep smiling. It is a duty and huge commitment.