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A Lonely Black Swan Got a New Partner—Thanks to a Government Ad

When Prince Albert died in 1861 at the age of 42, his wife, Queen Victoria was very upset. She never again wore anything but black in public. As another sign of mourning, she introduced black swans to a lake on the grounds of Rosenau Palace, Prince Albert's birthplace in central Germany. Show More Summary

Why Queen Victoria Was an Early Adopter of Photography

In the 1840s, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert set up elaborate white winter interiors and decorated trees to celebrate Christmas at Windsor Castle

The Teenager Who Stole Queen Victoria’s Panties

last weekHumor / odd : Neatorama

Edward Jones was a lifelong criminal. He got started early, and made a real reputation for himself by sneaking into the royal palace during Queen Victoria's reign. At age 14, he was caught stuffing the queen's underwear down his pants. Show More Summary

Jenna Coleman Asked If She Will Play Queen Victoria Into “Hitchcock-In-Drag” Era

 Queen Victoria was on the throne more than 60 years, so there is “no shortage of stories” for umpteen seasons of PBS’s Victoria, the Masterpiece series’ creator, writer and executive producer happily told TV critics at TCA, adding,Show More Summary

A new film tells the story of the Sikh boy ruler who was ripped from his kingdom and transformed into an English aristocrat

He became the ruler of the Sikh kingdom, had the throne stolen from him, was separated from his mother, had his face spattered with the blood of a slain uncle and was carted off to become an aristocrat in Queen Victoria’s Britain — all before his 16th birthday. The life of Maharajah Duleep Singh...

Stitches in time

last monthArts : Night and Day

When Martha Ann Ricks was 76 she travelled from her home in Liberia to London to meet Queen Victoria. The… What to read next: Forty years of comfort-eating | Comic relief | Going underground | Mint condition

Spink to sell a unique scarf knitted by Queen Victoria

2 months agoArts : Artdaily

On the 26th July Spink will be holding an auction of Orders, Decorations and Medals which will contain a 8½ inches (21cm) wide and sixty-four inches (162cm) long hand-crocheted scarf made by Queen Victoria herself. It is the only one available on the market. Show More Summary

175 Years Later, Queen Elizabeth Takes A Train Ride To Commemorate The First Royal Train Journey

Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip had a lovely day recreating Queen Victoria's landmark ride.

Melbourne Haggles Over the Future of Its Most Popular Market

The Australian city’s plan to modernize the Queen Victoria Market has drawn fire from residents who fear the loss of its antique charm.

Prince William Attends Rehearsals for Queen's Birthday Parade

Prince William is gearing up for the annual Trooping the Colour parade! The 34-year-old royal donned his red and gold uniform – complete with bearskin hat – while riding in the Colonel’s Review at the Queen Victoria Memorial on Saturday (June 10) in London, England. PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Prince William surprising [...]

Ford Focus Electric, Mitsubishi Outlander PHEV, & Renault Zoe Jump Into British Racing

The Shelsley Walsh Speed Hill Climb club dates back to 1901. It was established in the time of Queen Victoria at The Grand Hotel in Birmingham by members of the early motor industry. The club is considered by most as the oldest motor...Show More Summary

Victoria & Abdul

2 months agoHumor / odd : Kottke.org

Judi Dench playing a British monarch? I’m there. Victoria & Abdul is based on the true story of the friendship that developed between Queen Victoria and a young Indian named Abdul Karim during the Queen’s later years. When Abdul Karim...Show More Summary

Let's celebrate Canada's 150 years since Confederation

Queen Victoria gave royal assent to the British North America Act, so that Canadian Confederation could oc­cur. 150 years ago in July 1867 the old province of Canada was divided into Ontario and Quebec; and along with the British colonies of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick, Feder­ation appeared. Show More Summary

Morning Cup of Links: The Servant who Stole Queen Victoria’s Heart

3 months agoHumor / odd : mental_floss

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Abdul, the Servant who Stole Queen Victoria’s Heart

3 months agoHumor / odd : Neatorama

Queen Victoria had been a widow for 26 years when she celebrated her Golden Jubilee. That's when a young Indian Muslim servant named Abdul Karim came to work at the palace and soon became Victoria's favorite. She elevated his status and charged him with teaching her Urdu and Indian culture. Show More Summary

Brit Movies: Our First Look at Victoria and Abdul – Dame Judi Dench Plays Queen Victoria Again

I heard about this movie a few months ago and was intrigued. Dame Judi Dench is playing Queen Victoria again (she previously played the role in Mrs. Brown about another curious relationship she had), this time later in life in a newShow More Summary

Brit History: The Legacy of Prince Albert

With the premiere of Victoria on both ITV in the United Kingdom and PBS in the United States, a renewed interest in Queen Victoria has gripped both countries.  One of the most important plotlines that runs through the first series is...Show More Summary

Victoria And Abdul’ Trailer: Queen Judi Dench’s New Footman Stirs The Imperial Pot

“No one really knows what it’s like to be queen.” It’s 1887, and the British Empire is celebrating Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee — 50 years on the throne. Kings and princes are in attendance. So is Abdul Karim, who has traveled from his famine-ravaged India to the event to present the aging monarch with a ceremonial coin. Show More Summary

Names From the Victorian Era That Need to Make a Comeback

The Victoria era - or the years of Queen Victoria's reign in England (1837 to 1901) - had its share of popular baby names just like any other time period. The timeless names that came out of this period, however, may not be on your long...Show More Summary

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