(Reference to her birthday)
|June- 1837 (Reference to the
"I look forward to the event which it seems is likely to occur soon, with calmness and quietness. I am not alarmed at it, and yet I do not suppose myself quite equal to all; I trust, however, that with good-will, honesty, and courage I shall not, at all events, fail."
|June- 1854 (Reference to the
opening of the Crystal Palace)
"The tremendous cheering, the joy expressed in every face, the vastness of the building, with all its decorations and exhibits, the sounds of the organ, and my beloved husband the creator of this great 'Peace Festival', uniting the industry and art of all nations of the earth was quite overwhelming."
|May- 1860(Reference 41st
"I am sick of all this horrid business - of politics and Europe in general, and think you (daughter Vicky) will hear some day of my going with the children to live in Australia, and to think of Europe as of the moon."
|March- 1861 (Reference the
death of her mother)
"I knelt before her, kissed her dear hand and placed it next to my cheek. But though she opened her eyes she did not, I think, know me."
|December- 1861 (Reference
the death of Prince Albert)
"Never can I forget how beautiful my darling looked lying there with his face lit up by the rising sun, his eyes unusually bright gazing as it were on unseen objects and not taking notice of me. I stood up, kissed his dear heavenly forehead and called out in a bitter agonizing cry: 'Oh! my dear darling!', and then dropped on my knees in mute, distracted despair unable to utter a word or shed a tear."
Woman's Rights Movement)
" I am most anxious to enlist everyone who can speak or write to join in checking this mad, wicked folly of 'Women's Rights', with all its attendant horrors, on which her poor feeble sex is bent, forgetting every sense of womanly feelings and propriety. Feminists ought to get a good whipping. Were woman to 'unsex' themselves by claiming equality with men, they would become the most hateful, heathen and disgusting of beings and would surely perish without male protection."
|"I love peace and
quiet, I hate politics and turmoil. We women are not made for governing,
and if we are good women, we must dislike these masculine occupations.
There are times which force one to take interest in them, and I do, of
|The conflict of 1854
" I feel so proud of my dear noble Troops, who, they say, bear
their privations, and the sad disease which still haunts them, with such
courage and good humor."
|I regret exceedingly
not to be a man and to be able to fight in the war. There is no finer
death for a man than on the battlefield".
|When Russia declared war against Turkey in 1877, Queen Victoria wrote; "Oh, if the Queen were a man, she would like to go and give those horrid Russians such a beating."|