Queen Victoria is the most revered ruler in Ilfracombe because, during her time, the town in North Devon experienced huge growth in many aspects, including the economy, infrastructures, transportation, science and technology, and fashion.
Get to know the respected monarch with these tidbits of interesting information about her:
She was raised by a single mother, became a single mother
Victoria was reared at Kensington Palace by her mother, the Duchess of Kent Victoria Saxe-Saalfield-Coburg after her father died of pneumonia in the 1800s. In 1838, she was crowned queen and married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Goth, two years later. Her husband died of typhoid fever in 1861, leaving the Queen to raise their children on her own.
She was barely five feet tall
Despite her height, the Queen was better known for her imposing reputation and being outspoken. There were also reports saying that she had a 50-inch waist based on the size of her bloomers and nightgowns.
She survived six assassination attempts
Queen Victoria is among the many famous world leaders who survived several assassination attempts. Most of these attacks happened while she was in a carriage.
She proposed to her future husband
Victoria met Prince Albert for the first time when she was just 16 years old after it was arranged by their uncle Leopold who thought that the pair should marry. From the get-go, the young lady loved the company of Albert. It was Leopold who encouraged Victoria to propose to Albert in 1839. Because she was the Queen at that time, Albert could not propose to her.
She was the first known carrier of hemophilia
Once known as the “Royal disease,” hemophilia is a blood clotting disorder that affected and killed some of the male descendants of the Queen.
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