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A Queen Her Prince Consort Nine Children A Victorian Royal Dynasty

Long May She Reign

Queen Victoria, once the longest serving monarch in British history, reigned for 63 years, seven months and two days.

The Widow of Windsor

Victoria married her first cousin Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1840 but their marriage only last twenty years as Albert died at Windsor Castle on 14 December 1861. Albert's death would have a profound and lasting effect on Victoria who was plunged into such deep mourning, she would wear black for the rest of her life and avoid public appearances. The lonely figure in widow weeds would soon eclipse the merry young queen who had loved to dance in her early reign. So intense was the Queen's grief, she would soon earn the nickname "widow of Windsor" and it diminished popularity of the monarchy. Victoria would eventually seek companionship in the most unlikely places which would baffle her children and provide endless entertainment for her critics.

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