Queen Victoria painted by Franz Winterhalter in 1844. This picture (a copy of a detail from the original) was given to Prince Albert as a gift. I don't know what it is about this particular portrait but I really like it - her face seems to be less posed and more vulnerable than we normally see. Royal Collection.

adini-nikolaevna: Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter. From the Royal Collection

U.K. Queen Victoria in her carriage leads a procession driving through London during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 1897.

The diary of Queen Victoria, aged 13: 40,000 pages of monarch's journals launched online by great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth

Queen at Buckingham Palace in the year of her Diamond Jubilee; right, the monarch in her carriage leads a procession driving through London during her Diamond Jubilee celebrations in June 1897

:::::::::: Antique Photograph ::::::::::  Informal portrait of John Brown with Queen Victoria's Dogs.  Balmoral c. 1880

+~+~ Antique Photograph ~+~+ Informal portrait of John Brown with Queen Victoria's Dogs. Balmoral c. 1880 Precursors to our modern Labrador Retrievers.

Queen Victoria with grandchildren Prince George, Princess Mary, and Prince Edward of York. (Queen Elizabeth II is a great great granddaughter of Queen Victoria.)

Queen Victoria with grandchildren Prince George, Princess Mary (future Queen Elizabeth and Prince Edward of York. (Queen Elizabeth II is a great great granddaughter of Queen Victoria.

A very intimate Queen Victoria by Xavier Winterhalter ", her husband Albert's "secret favourite picture", kept in his private study.....the public did not see this portrait until 1977!

Queen Victoria: 'the secret picture'

1843 Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter (Royal Collection) Prince Albert had this Winterhalter portrait of his wife, for his eyes only, hung in his bedroom. Elizabeth Longford called this portrait "Weibchein in a submissive mood".

One of my favorite love stories - Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

When Victoria met Albert: Tender letter reveals how Queen fell in love with her prince

'The Victorian Era' is named after Queen Victoria of England (pictured here in her wedding dress). Victoria married her first cousin, Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha, in She started the tradition of wearing white.

The world's first postage stamp was issued by Great Britain in 1840. Featuring a bust of Queen Victoria, it has come to be known as the "Penny Black." It also marked the introduction of "uniform penny postage" in a mail system: the rate to carry a letter to ANY destination within the country was now the same, and not based on distance carried.

The Penny Black Stamp: The Penny Black was the world’s first adhesive postage stamp used in a public postal system. It was issued in Britain on 1 May for official use from 6 May of that.

Fleet Street, 1894. Horses had not yet been replaced by cars.

London, England: Fleet Street, Horses had not yet been replaced by cars. Even then they drove forward on the left side of the street.

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