Day 17 of Colourisation Project – May 24th
Today’s subject, Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland was the longest serving British monarch and the longest of any female monarch in history. From 1 May 1876, Queen Victoria also used the additional title of Empress of India.
Her reign lasted 63 years, 7 months and 2 days (from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901). As we speak, Queen Elizabeth II, Victoria’s great-great-grandchild is closing in on her record with a reign of 62 years, 3 months and 16 days. 16 months to go!
Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in 1840 and bore him nine children all of whom married into royal and noble families across the european continent. This gave rise to the nickname “the grandmother of Europe”.
After Albert’s death in 1861 of typhoid, at the age of 42, Victoria plunged into deep depression and a mourning that lasted until her own death 40 years later. At the time of her death, she was ruler of a quarter of the human race.
Photographer Alexander Bassano (1829-1913) the leading royal and high society portrait photographer in Victorian London
“All marriage is such a lottery – the happiness is always an exchange – though it may be a very happy one – still the poor woman is bodily and morally the husband’s slave. That always sticks in my throat.” Queen Victoria