Princess Victoria is born.
Her mother, the Duchess of Kent, along with an equerry, Sir John Conroy, oversaw her education. They devised "The Kensington System" -which ostensibly was to equipAt 6am on 20 June 1837,
for her future role as queen - whilst some people muttered it was also a means of keeping the young princess firmly under their control. Victoria
's Accession to the Throne. Victoria
"Lord Conyngham then acquainted me that my poor Uncle, the King, was no more ,and had expired at 12 minutes past 2 this morning, and consequently that I am Queen."
That morning, the new queen held her first council meeting in the Red Saloon at
. This young woman was surrounded by much older men, including the Duke of Wellington and the Dukes of Kensington Palace Sussex and . The Prime Minister, Lord Melbourne had written a short speech for her and despite the circumstances it was noted that Cumberland handled everything: Victoria
"With perfect calmness and self-possession."There are few people, who haven't heard of
Meeting Albert, Prince of Saxe-Coburg and
|Statue of William III, outside Kensington Palace.|
On 18 May 1836,
"Albert, who is just as tall as Ernest but stouter, is extremely handsome; his hair is about the same as mine' his eyes large and blue, and he has a beautiful nose and a very sweet mouth with fine teeth."
The visit went well and
was delighted by the gift of a tame parrot. To encourage the romance, the Duchess of Kent threw a ball at Kensington at which Victoria and Albert danced until three in the morning. But time flew by all too quickly and when on Friday, 10 June, Albert departed Victoria wrote in her journal: Victoria
"I embraced both my dearest cousins most warmly, as also my dear Uncle. I cried bitterly, very bitterly…."
The rest of their courtship and marriage is, as they say, history!
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Grace Elliot lives near
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