Queen Victoria Facts and Trivia
The 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
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
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.