Saturday, March 14, 2015

Appearances Can Be Deceiving

If I asked you to describe Queen Victoria, I would bet that "a fat old lady, sitting in a chair, looking cranky" might be your response.    You'd be right - that is the most descriptive of her in her old age.  But in "Victoria" by A.N. Wilson the inside flap reads "But in truth, Britain's longest-reigning monarch, was one of the most passionate, expressive, humorous and unconventional women who ever lived."  Strong words, certainly.

I for one believe it about "passionate" - a woman who gives birth to nine (nine) children is no stranger to the marital (or other) bed.  Sadly for her she not only buried her beloved Albert (sire of the nine children)((sometimes doubts and aspersions of the exact father were voiced.))

She also buried four of their  children.  And this brings me to some alarm because two died of cancer (spine and larynx respectively)  hemophilia and diphtheria.  Cancer runs in the royal line .. King George the 6th (Queen Elizabeth's father) and Princess Marguerite , both of lung cancer.

When John Brown died, Victoria spoke so much about him, that people were disgusted.  Rumor said that she'd married him and that they lived at Sandringham as man and wife.  When Victoria herself died, the bouquet of flowers on her tummy concealed a miniature of Brown.  She had insisted on this when she planned the event. 

Yeah I guess you could say "passionate."     

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