The book I have started this morning is a novelised biography of Queen Victoria.
This is the novel on which the ITV series now showing is based. In the prologue we see Victoria as the heiress to the throne. Her uncle William IV is sick, but she hopes that he can hold on until she is eighteen and could be a queen in her own right. Otherwise, her mother would be appointed regent, and Victoria would find herself on her power and Lord John Conroy’s, her mother’s lover. In the prologue we also learn that Victoria falls victim to typhus, and in her weak state Lord Conroy and her mother try to make her sign a document appointing Conroy her state secretary, but Victoria refuses, stating that she will never sign. Powerful start. I have the idea that Victoria was a very strong woman, and this shows that from a very early age she was resolute and firm in her convictions.
This is a portrait of Queen Victoria in 1835.
In the book we learn about Victoria contracting typhus. At Ramsgate in October 1835, Victoria contracted a severe fever, which Conroy initially dismissed as a childish pretence. While Victoria was ill, Conroy and the Duchess unsuccessfully badgered her to make Conroy her private secretary.
Princess Victoria of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld, Duchess of Kent and Strathearn (Marie Luise Victoire; 17 August 1786 – 16 March 1861) was a German princess and the mother of Queen Victoria.
Lord John Conroy is the Duchess of Kent’s confidante. Sir John Ponsonby Conroy (21 October 1786 – 2 March 1854) was a British army officer who served as comptroller to the Duchess of Kent and her young daughter, Princess Victoria, the future Queen of the United Kingdom. Princess Victoria grew to hate Conroy, thanks to the oppressive system, and he was also unpopular among the rest of the British royal family. Conroy’s relationship with the Duchess was the subject of much speculation both before and after his death in 1854.
England IV is the ageing king in 1835. William IV (William Henry; 21 August 1765 – 20 June 1837) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and King of Hanover from 26 June 1830 until his death. At the time of his death William had no surviving legitimate children, but he was survived by eight of the ten illegitimate children he had by the actress Dorothea Jordan, with whom he cohabited for twenty years. William was succeeded in the United Kingdom by his niece, Victoria.
The prologue of the book is set in Kensington Palace. Kensington Palace is a royal residence set in Kensington Gardens, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea in London, England. It has been a residence of the British Royal Family since the 17th century. Victoria was born on 24 May 1819 and her christening conducted in the Cupola Room of the palacethe following month. She grew up in the confines of the palace in an unhappy and lonely childhood as a result of the Kensington System adopted by her mother, Victoria, Duchess of Kent and the domineering Sir John Conroy, her mother’s comptroller of the household.