Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household

Serving Victoria: Life in the Royal Household

Kate Hubbard

During her sixty-three-year reign, Queen Victoria collected round herself a loved ones devoted to her carrier. For a few, royal employment was once the defining adventure in their lives; for others it got here as an unwelcome responsibility or as a prelude to larger issues. Serving Victoria follows the lives of six participants of her family, from the governess to the royal little ones, from her maid of  honor to her chaplain and her own physician.

Drawing on their letters and diaries—many hitherto unpublished—Serving Victoria deals a distinct perception into the Victorian court docket, with all its frustrations and absurdities, in addition to the Queen herself, sitting squarely at its heart. obvious during the eyes of her family as she traveled between Windsor, Osborne, and Balmoral, and to the French and Belgian courts, Victoria emerges as extra weak, extra emotional, extra egocentric, extra comical, than the austere determine depicted in her well-known images. We see a lady who was once liable to suits of giggles, who wept simply and infrequently, who devoured her nutrients and shrank from disagreement yet insisted on controlling the lives of these round her. We witness her outstanding and debilitating grief on the demise of her husband, Albert, and her sympathy towards the tragedies that bothered her household.

Witty, astute, and relocating, Serving Victoria is an ideal foil to the pomp and circumstance—and prudery and conservatism—associated with Victoria's reign, and provides an unforgettable glimpse of what it intended to serve the Queen.

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