Tag Archives: Queen Victoria

Hereditary blood disorders in blue-blood aristocrats

N. Reece Ho-Sheffield Singapore   King George III in coronation robes. Allan Ramsay. Circa 1765. Art Gallery of South Australia. Accessed via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain. Famous people with genetic disorders have always been a subject of interest, and royalty are often considered the crème de la crème of celebrities. Any medical condition may give […]

The public death of Prince Albert

Death in modern times tends to be a private affair, whether in hospital, hospice, or in the home. But in the past no such privacy was accorded to royalty, as shown in this painting of the last moments of Albert, the beloved Prince Consort of Queen Victoria. The Prince died in 1861 after a brief […]

The fatal illness of Prince Albert

Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, 1842 Franz Xaver Winterhalter Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, husband and prince consort of Queen Victoria, died on December 14, 1861, leaving his adoring wife in such a state of dejection that she avoided public appearances for years and wore black for the rest of her life. Statues erected in various cities […]

Victoria’s curse

Sarah Jane I. Irawa Parañaque City, Philippines   The dining room in an ancient hunting villa obscured in the verdant vastness of the Polish forest erupted in thunderous applause, if not rambunctious laughter. The two youngest grand duchesses just concluded their performance of two short scenes from Moliere’s Bourgeois Gentilhomme. That evening in Spala was […]