Queen Victoria Facts and Trivia

Queen Victoria factsThe crown used by George IV and William IV was too big and too heavy for Victoria's head so a new crown was made for her Coronation.

John Rolle, 1st Baron Rolle, nearly stole the show at Queen Victoria's Coronation. As the 82 year old climbed the steps to kneel and kiss the Queen's hand  he tripped and rolled  down onto the floor "lying at the bottom coiled up in his robes".The Queen who couldn't bare to watch the poor man make serval more attempts to reach the royal footstool, stood up and held out her hand to him.

Queen Victoria  married her first cousin, Prince Albert.

The Queen survived 7 assassination attempts.

Irish writer James Joyce referred to the Queen Victoria statue which originally stood outside Leinster House, Dublin, as the "Auld Bitch".

When her beloved husband died the Queen entered a state of mourning and wore black for the remainder of her life.

In 1875, a statue of Cromwell by Matthew Noble was erected in Manchester outside the cathedral, a gift to the city by Mrs Abel Heywood in memory of her first husband. The statue was unpopular with the local Conservatives and with the large Irish immigrant population alike. When Queen Victoria was invited to open the new Manchester Town Hall, she is alleged to have consented on condition that the statue of Cromwell be removed. The statue remained, Victoria declined, and the Town Hall was opened by the Lord Mayor.

The first Pekins bantams are alleged to have been looted from the private collection of the Emperor of China at Peking (former name of Beijing) towards the end of the Opium Wars around 1860. However, some sources suggest that a consignment of birds from China around 1835 were given to Queen Victoria, under the name of 'Shanghais' and that these birds were bred with further imports and were developed into the breed we know today as Pekin Bantams.

Albert aka Bertie (later to become King Edward VII ) , Queen Victoria's first born, was handed over to a wet-nurse called Mrs Brough, who later murdered her own six children in a fit of madness. Queen Victoria was suffering post natal depression at the time.

The Queen referred to Bertie as "The Boy" , explaining to questioning subjects  ‘I do not think him worthy of being called Albert yet.’ She often referred to him as 'frightful’ and ‘sadly backward’.

Bertie would later bring irreparably shame on the Royal Family when, at the age of 19, he snuck out of military summer camp to lose his virginity to the camp prostitute, Nellie Clifden.