This article from the Guardian is well worth your time even if you've no interest in Queen Victoria. In it, Kathryn Hughes explains how two people were tasked with editing a batch of the queen's letters, how in doing so they helped create...Show More Summary
Misao Okawa, the world’s oldest living person, celebrated her 116th birthday on Wednesday. The Japanese pensioner was born back in 1898, when Queen Victoria was England’s queen and the Spanish American war was still raging. Okawa, who has been a widow ever since her husband passed away in 1931, 83 years ago, has held the... Show More Summary
by Jia Tolentino From the Guardian: In 1898, the year Okawa was born, the Spanish-American war was in its infancy and Queen Victoria was still on the British throne. Okawa married in 1919 but her husband died in 1931, more than eight decades ago. Show More Summary
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution was founded on 4 March 1824 although it did not receive its ‘Royal’ epithet until Queen Victoria awarded that honour to the charity in 1854. Since 1824 it is estimated that across Britain, the RNLI has saved the lives of more than 140,000 people - sailors and...
Queen Victoria's son King Edward VII ushered in a new century during his brief yet historic reign as the first British monarch of the House of Windsor from 1901-1910. Since then, "Edwardian" has come to define the art, fashion and intellectual...Show More Summary
We are not interested in the possibilities of defeat; they do not exist. - Queen Victoria
Queen Victoria?s devotion to photography will be on display in A Royal Passion: Queen Victoria and Photography, February 4?June 8, 2014 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty Center. With important loans held in the Royal Collection, generously...Show More Summary
Queen Victoria?s Artists, showing at Aidan Meller Fine Paintings, Oxford, combines the very best of The Aesthetic Movement. This umbrella term is used to cover distinct strains of Romantic art which emerged in the 1870s. One of its main features is a mixing of Romantic or Pre-Raphaelite ideas, with academic styles. Show More Summary
The early days of the Internet attracted a lot of quirky personalities, including our dear friend and drag queen Victoria Lamarr, who was one of the first video bloggers. Sadly, Victoria Lamarr went to drag queen heaven, where the shows...Show More Summary
Christmas was not much a family festivity until Queen Victoria posed with her children around a laden fir tree, a tradition Prince Albert had brought with him from Germany. The […]
Post by Kiri Blakeley. What do you get the baby who has everything? Imagine trying to pick out a gift for Prince George. Funny onesies just don't seem quite right for the baby who already had a perfect replica of Queen Victoria's daughter's christening gown. Show More Summary
Jeremy Gordon examines the reliance on the collective pronoun in making an argument: Over time, the “royal we” has made its way from the mouths of Queen Victoria and Margaret Thatcher into our writing. At best, it seems a crutch, while at worst it’s an assumed arrogance. Here’s but one example from The New Yorker’s […]
To begin with, Queen Victoria was the inspiration for my wedding dress. Think about this: absolutely no one wore a white dress before HRM's wedding in 1840! In fact, most wedding gowns were blue or pink-ish or even plaid. Imagine waltzing...Show More Summary
With chunky, triangular leaves iced in precise white lines, and with a tight, symmetrical rosette shape almost too perfect to be real, Queen Victoria agave (Agave victoriae-reginae) is as regal as its name suggests. This little agave is decidedly not queen-sized, however. Show More Summary
Nothing but the best for the royal babe: Prince George was today christened at St. James's Palace's Chapel Royal with water from the River Jordan; he wore a replica of the christening gown made for Queen Victoria's eldest daughter and first used in 1841. Here's the most amusing part of...
Three brands of bagged spinach — Frisco’s, Queen Victoria and Metro — have been recalled by Ippolito Fruit and Produce Ltd. because they may be contaminated with Salmonella. These products were distributed in Ontario and Quebec, and possibly other provinces. The identifying information for the packages is as follows: Marques commerciales Format Code(s) sur le... Continue Reading
A new parliamentary exhibition about the great fire of 1834, which destroyed the medieval Palace of Westminster includes some fascinating material - not least this view of Queen Victoria in procession at a State Opening, using Sir John...Show More Summary
The Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris is showing Desire & Sensuality; Victorian masterpieces from the the Pérez Simón collection (CLICK). Over 50 paintings of the British Aesthetic Movement, created during the reign of Queen Victoria, are on display until 20 January 2014. Show More Summary
For the first time in France, the Désirs & Volupté exhibition at the Jacquemart-André Museum invites the general public to discover famous British artists of the reign of Queen Victoria, among them Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema (1836-1912), Sir Frederic Leighton (1830-1896), Edward Burne-Jones (1833-1898) and Albert Moore (1841-1893). Show More Summary
2013, 173 p. We’re told that it’s all about controlling the narrative. Politicians all do it, it seems; and we risk losing control of our narrative by putting too much of our lives onto the internet, we’re told. All this … Continue reading ?