The Romanovs and the House of Windsor | Queen Victoria's lifespan: 1819-1901 ~ Prince Albert's lifespan: 1840-1861 Children: Edward VII | Victoria, Princess Royal, Princess Alice of the UK | Princess Beatrice of the UK | Alfred, Duke of Saxe-Coburg & Gotha | Princess Helena | Princess Louise, Duchess of Argyll | Prince Arthur, Duke of Connaught | Prince Leopold, Duke of Albany | Princess Beatrice
Queen Victoria Few women in history have had the opportunity to rule an entire Empire but Alexandrina Victoria Hanover, did precisely that. Reigning for an astonishing 63 years (from 1837 to 1901), she oversaw an Empire that stretched from India to the Americas, and from Africa to the Far East. So vast was the Empire, that the sun was always overhead on some part of it at any time. This was not a ceremonial role, she ruled with absolute power. She had nine children and 42 grandchildren.
In 1837 Britain's Postmaster General, Sir Rowland Hill, proposed a pre-paid delivery system and the proof of payment was a stamp. Sir Rowland Hill's system was eventually accepted and on May 06 1840 the world's first stamp went on sale, the Penny Black.
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Queen Victoria and her Indian attendant the Munshi Hafiz Abdul Karim. After arriving from the subcontinent in 1887, he quickly won the monarch's devoted affection and became known as the "Indian John Brown".His influence over the queen was so envied that when Victoria died her son King Edward ordered palace guards to destroy correspondence she sent to the Munshi to erase all record of their relationship.
Interior of Glasgow City Chambers (City Hall) this beautiful victorian architecture was the work of Scottish Architect William Young in 1888. The building was opened by Queen Victoria. Location: George Square, Glasgow, Scotland. Also known as "The Merchant City"
Queen Victoria with John Brown her personal servant. Oh his deathbed the Queen's chaplain Rev Norman Macleod confessed to marrying Queen Victoria and John Brown in a secret service. Queen Victoria asked for various items that had been given to her including letters between them and a ring that Brown had given to her belonging to his mother to be placed in her coffin.