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Queen Victoria returns to Kensington

London / When two hundred years of birth of which could be considered one of the most famous queens in history are fulfilled, Victoria (1819-1901), Kensington Palace delves into the different facets of a woman who lived intensely.

A set of exhibitions, “Victoria: Woman and Crown” and “Victoria: A Royal Childhood,” mark the 200th anniversary of Victoria’s birth (May 24, 1819) and explore how the monarch struck a balance between her varied roles of mother, wife, queen and head of a growing empire.

“Victoria: A Royal Childhood”, which will become a permanent exhibition at the palace in which the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge live, unravels in the very rooms where Victoria spent her childhood, subjected to strict rules, up to three weeks after becoming Queen, on June 20, 1837, when she moved to Buckingham.

Each space is curated chronologically and has been recreated, thanks to an intense restoration and decoration work, the decor of the rooms would have had at the time. Doll houses, portraits, miniatures, rugs and antique furniture pieces decorate the spaces.

The second exhibition, “Victoria: Woman and Crown,” focuses on Victoria as a queen, wife and mother, and offers a glimpse into the different facets that marked his life through paintings, sculptures, dresses and accessories.

Love and marriage

Behind their public face, the event that most marked the Queen’s personal life was undoubtedly the death of her revered husband, Albert of Saxony-Coburg-Gotha (1819-1861), after more than two decades of marriage, in 1861.

It is well known that Victoria did not wear another color other than black, in a permanent state of mourning that did not cease until her own death and that, according to one of the sample police stations, Carol Sword, today would have been diagnosed as depression.

So much was the love she felt for her husband that, once she married, refused to reuse a crown in public, unless it were strictly necessary, in a gesture to prove that she was “equal” to Alberto.

“He could not use crown because he had no right to it, and she wanted to always appear as her equal, something that also became popular with the public because it appeared as a woman, as a wife, something that could be identified”, explained today Claudia Williams, another of the police stations.

Maternity and legislative work

It was also popular the way she faced her maternity, a facet of her life with which, however, she had mixed feelings because, in part, she felt that it was in the way of her work as Queen.

However, the exhibition reflects a woman who felt “mother of their children and mother of a nation”, as one of the signs of the sample collects.

During her 63-year reign, which has only been surpassed by the current UK head of state Queen Elizabeth II, Victoria signed every one of the over 200,000 laws Parliament passed.

The exhibition also reveals the admiration she felt for India, a country on which she reigned from 1876 and which always fascinated him, even though she never had the chance to visit it.

In words of Williams, what ultimately seeks this exhibition is to show how Victory “lowly takes control of her own image and her story as her life progresses“. (May 25, 2019, EFE/Practica Español). 

 

 

 

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Sobre dos exposiciones que conmemoran el nacimiento de la reina Victoria.
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Sobre los reinados de la reina Victoria y la reina Elizabeth.
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En la vida de la reina.
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Otorgarle a su marido títulos nobiliarios.
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No volver a usar la corona para igualarse a su marido.
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Dejarle tomar decisiones políticas.
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No se interponía en su labor como reina.
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Se interponía en su labor como reina.
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Era lo más importante de su vida.
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A la reina y a su esposo.
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La tercera persona del singular del presente de subjuntivo del verbo "erguirse".
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