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« Reply #270 on: November 25, 2021, 12:45:29 AM »

Queen Victoria bought a grand piano in London in 1854 as a gift for Prince Albert.   
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« Reply #271 on: December 19, 2021, 11:48:53 PM »

When Queen Victoria became Empress of India, was it suggested that Prince Albert Edward receive  a title such as Prince Imperial of India?
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« Reply #272 on: December 20, 2021, 02:31:10 AM »

When Queen Victoria became Empress of India, was it suggested that Prince Albert Edward receive  a title such as Prince Imperial of India?

That’s an excellent question and I never thought about it.  Victoria’s son Edward VII was the Emperor of India but I don’t - think - that there was a specific title for an heir like Hereditary Prince or Crown Prince.  Interesting, hmmmm…..
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« Reply #273 on: January 06, 2022, 10:26:23 PM »

In 1871 Queen Victoria opened the Royal Albert Hall on March 29. She limited herself to just one sentence.
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« Reply #274 on: February 24, 2022, 11:14:59 PM »

Prince Albert was given full access to Cabinet and other State papers. From 1841 onwards he attended audiences which Queen Victoria held with her ministers.
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« Reply #275 on: February 25, 2022, 12:25:11 AM »

I wonder how people felt about Albert's access to that information (if they knew about it), given that he had zero constitutional role or authority or right or need to see those papers.
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« Reply #276 on: February 25, 2022, 07:23:25 PM »

There was a lot of controversy about it at first, starting with the Queen herself who jealously guarded the perqs of her office. But I think for the most part there was an eventual acceptance that Albert kept her on a steadier course, and therefore the affairs of the nation were less erratic as well.
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« Reply #277 on: February 25, 2022, 11:56:27 PM »

Thanks, bumber!  We're getting into her in my curriculum shortly so this will be an interesting vignette to add, and your comment about him keeping her on a steadier course and thus the nation on a steadier course will be a fantastic insight.  Thanks!   Star
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« Reply #278 on: May 01, 2022, 11:44:38 PM »

On November 1, 1858 Queen Victoria gave a proclamation which declared that India was a British dominion. This declaration was ratified by the Government of India Act in Parliament.
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« Reply #279 on: July 12, 2022, 01:10:53 AM »

Queen Victoria sent a bust of her husband Prince Albert to her great-grandson Prince Albert Frederick of York as a christening present.
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« Reply #280 on: September 07, 2022, 10:43:32 PM »

I don't know if anyone follows the Royalty Now Instagram account - basically, they photoshop old paintings to make them look more modern.  Today they did Victoria, both from portraits and also a "realism edit" from photographs.  The resemblance to Beatrice is marked - I nearly posted this in her thread instead!  I think that's due to the facial expression in the portrait chosen.  Here's the post: https://www.instagram.com/p/CiNgiKLgIhO/
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« Reply #281 on: September 07, 2022, 11:04:47 PM »

It's the eyes - Beatrice has her eyes and looks so much like her.
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« Reply #282 on: September 08, 2022, 12:27:46 AM »

There was a lot of controversy about it at first, starting with the Queen herself who jealously guarded the perqs of her office. But I think for the most part there was an eventual acceptance that Albert kept her on a steadier course, and therefore the affairs of the nation were less erratic as well.

Their uncle Leopold would have had a similar role if his first wife had lived. I think most government officials were glad to have a steady man at the helm.  Victoria and Charlotte seemed to have had similar characters.
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« Reply #283 on: September 21, 2022, 04:01:19 AM »

Thinking about the incredible amount of mourning dress Queen Victoria inflicted on everyone in the British Royal family after Albert's death, I am wondering if we will see any family members continue to wear black after this week's mourning period end. I know that times have changed and that a black dress may not mean the same thing today as it did even a generation ago, but it will feel a little jarring to me to see the new Queen or the Princess of Wales -- or even Eugenie and Beatrice -- break out the bright colors right away.   Certainly it's a time for them all to be somewhat gentle to themselves and, in the old days, mourning dress was a signal to the outside world that things were not yet on an even keel.

And that makes me wonder just how hard it might have been to find a solidly black coat from Charlotte. I've seen black velvet dresses for little girls at Christmas -- often coupled with a lace collar or a plaid silk sash -- but solid black in a child's size would be something very rare to see here in the US, I think.
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« Reply #284 on: September 21, 2022, 10:29:30 PM »

Considering that most usually autumn and winter colours are less bright and colourful than summer and spring fashion, I imagine that wearing more subdued shades is not very difficult or jarring. I doubt that Kate will continue to wear mourning black. But I imagine we will see a lot of navy, grey and black mixed with neutrals and muted colours.

As for Charlotte's coat: haven't thought of that.
But considering that a dark navy coat is rather common, I imagine that had black been too difficult, they could have opted for dark navy. After all, little George was clad in navy as well, for the likely reason, that a black suit was not in his wardrobe while a fitting blue one was.
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