Queen Victoria and the British Empireby Nancy Whitelaw
Victoria was only eighteen years old when she assumed the throne of England. The new queen quickly had to learn everything she could about politics and governing, relying heavily on her prime ministers for guidance. Marriage to her cousin, Albert of Saxe-Coburg, brought her a loving husband and partner. Together they raised nine children and oversaw the expansion of the British Empire. Albert's premature death, in 1861, left Victoria bereaved and so deeply depressed that she never fully recovered. She lived another four decades, however, and saw the British Empire reach its apogee. When she died in 1901, she had held the throne for sixty-three years, longer than any other British monarch. Queen Victoria and the British Empire is a vivid portrait of this brilliant period and the queen who gave her name to an era.
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