Let’s start from the beginning. So, what is the Victorian era?
Queen Victoria was the second longest lasting monarch in England’s history which she took over the position at the young age of 18 years old and lived for another 68 years. The task she had as a ruling monarch was extremely difficult as well. Her reign from 1837 to 1901 is called Victorian era or Victorian age.
She took over at a time where the citizens of England really did dislike royalty for the way things were being handled. As well, there was simply very little respect for the throne as the relatively new way of doing things through a democratic system was still relatively fresh in thinking for the majority of the country.
Queen Victoria is often claimed to have been a very good monarch. As noted above, coming in as monarch at a time where there was little respect for the throne, she is credited with bringing some respect back to it. The people of England adored her for the majority of her reign.
She married her mother’s nephew, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, only a couple of years after becoming the monarch of England. She had a very successful marriage to him where she had nine children. Prince Albert died roughly twenty years later in 1861. Queen Victoria had a difficult time coping with the loss of her husband. She was often seen wearing mourning clothes. This was a sign of sorrow that her husband had passed away. It is said that she never recovered from the loss and grieved his death until she died in 1901.
Throughout her reign, her biggest feat was probably improving the child labor laws and assisting in improving an economy that was in shambles. Throughout her reign, technology also improved greatly which saw the introduction of a sewage system. Not a big feat by today’s standards, but something that we would sorely miss if we did not have it.
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