Victoria 3

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In this part Victoria moves to Buckingham House, which she later calls Buckingham Palace.

The palace is in disarray, so she and Lord Melbourne order Lord Uxbridge, responsible for the upkeep of the palace, to have it ready for her to move. Even though Victoria is reluctant to have her mother with her, Lord Melbourne persuades her, but she allocates her mother and her entourage in the other wing of the palace.

Victoria’s relationship with Lord Melbourne is becoming closer and closer. She has appointed him her private secretary. This closeness has already set tongues wagging. Yet, Victoria is unaware of what is going around her, and in her innocence she realizes she knows little about life in general and even her own family.

The most important element in this part of the story is Buckingham Palace, which becomes Victoria’s home. Buckingham Palace is the London residence and administrative headquarters of the reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. Buckingham Palace finally became the principal royal residence in 1837, on the accession of Queen Victoria, who was the first monarch to reside there; her predecessor William IV had died before its completion. While the state rooms were a riot of gilt and colour, the necessities of the new palace were somewhat less luxurious. For one thing, it was reported the chimneys smoked so much that the fires had to be allowed to die down, and consequently the court shivered in icy magnificence.Ventilation was so bad that the interior smelled, and when a decision was taken to install gas lamps, there was a serious worry about the build-up of gas on the lower floors. It was also said that staff were lax and lazy and the palace was dirty.

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Lord Uxbridge is the person responsible for Buckingham Palace. Henry Paget, 2nd Marquess of Anglesey  (6 July 1797 – 7 February 1869), styled Lord Paget 1812 and 1815 and Earl of Uxbridge from 1815 to 1854, was a British peer and Whig politician. He served as Lord Chamberlain of the Household between 1839 and 1841.

Victoria also learn a few things about her own family. Her uncle, George IV, was married to two women at the same time: Maria Fitzherbert and Caroline Brunswick. Yet, his marriage to Fitzherbert was eventually deemed illegal.

Maria Anne Fitzherbert ( 26 July 1756 – 27 March 1837) was a longtime companion of the future King George IV of the United Kingdom with whom she secretly contracted a marriage that was invalid under English civil law before his accession to the throne. The marriage was not valid because it had not received the prior approval of King George III and the Privy Council as required by the Royal Marriages Act 1772.

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Caroline Amelia Elizabeth of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel (17 May 1768 – 7 August 1821), best known as Caroline of Brunswick, was Queen of the United Kingdom as the wife of King George IV from 29 January 1820 until her death in 1821. She was the Princess of Wales from 1795 to 1820. Caroline and George were married on 8 April 1795 at the Chapel Royal, St. James’s Palace, in London. At the ceremony, George was drunk. He regarded Caroline as unattractive and unhygienic, and told Malmesbury that he suspected that she was not a virgin when they married. 

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