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« Reply #120 on: June 09, 2017, 08:17:54 am »

^ Considering that no-one eligible for the title has had it withheld since at least as far back as the Hanovarians I think it's about a 100% certainty that William WILL be given the title Prince of Wales.
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« Reply #121 on: June 09, 2017, 08:26:05 am »

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« Reply #122 on: June 09, 2017, 10:31:32 am »

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« Reply #123 on: June 10, 2017, 02:13:16 am »

Did Uncle Leopold visit them in England after Albert and Victoria married?
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« Reply #124 on: June 10, 2017, 03:28:21 am »

^ Yes Leopold did come to England on several occasions, bringing his second wife Queen Louise too. On one of the first visits he was named a godfather of Albert and Victoria's first child, Victoria (the future Empress Friedrich of Germany)and was present at the christening ceremony.
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« Reply #125 on: June 10, 2017, 03:47:31 am »

When I think of how her own mother treated her, I am disgusted; trying to rob her daughter of her birthright and basically subject her daughter to Conroy's abuse. Then having to put up with her mother's wheedling and BS and if I had been Victoria I would have had Conroy imprisoned.
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« Reply #126 on: June 10, 2017, 05:14:52 am »

On the occasion of Victoria's first Privy Council meeting Conroy wrote a note addressed to Victoria's first PM Lord Melbourne. He demanded, for past services, a peerage and a pension of £3,000 a year, more than a government minister of the time received! Melbourne called it 'impudent'.

As soon as she heard of this Victoria dismissed him from her Household. However, for the sake of peace and to prevent gossip about Victoria, Melbourne promised Conroy an Irish peerage in the future and a small pension. This proved to be a mistake, as Conroy remained in the Duchess of Kent's Household planning revenge and seething with resentment. He later spread gossip about the Queen. He never did get an Irish peerage but he and his family kept a scrapbook for years full of newspaper articles and cartoons showing Victoria in a bad light.

Victoria and her mother, the Duchess of Kent, were estranged for several years after she came to the Throne, but Albert, the Duchess of Kent's nephew, was fond of his aunt and eventually persuaded Victoria to forgive her. He seems to have thought that Conroy was a silver tongued blackguard and the Duchess had been duped by him into agreeing to his schemes. The Duchess became a vital part of the family circle and was a fond grandmother to Victoria's children.
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« Reply #127 on: June 11, 2017, 04:45:29 pm »

Queen Victoria was always a self-important little thing - she because impossible when Albert came on the scene. Don't know how he put up with her.
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« Reply #128 on: June 11, 2017, 05:27:29 pm »

^ But from Victoria's first pregnancy, and she had nine children altogether, Albert read the red boxes and plunged into government business. The monarchy had more real power in those days, less a ceremonial role, and Albert dealt with government ministers and consulted with them, alone and with his wife. He became an important part of national life, and knew all the political, scientific and artistic leaders within Britain. He was also very much head of the family, Victoria was consulted of course, but Albert had the final decision on their children's education and welfare. Victoria adored him and that's why she was so lost when he died, at only 42, after over 21 years of marriage. They had their moments of course, she was fiery tempered and he withdrew from conflict, but they were very happily married.
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« Reply #129 on: June 11, 2017, 08:34:40 pm »

Eating like a Queen: How 'greedy' Victoria's diet of cakes, calves heads and curry took her from a 7st bride to an 81-year-old who wore bloomers with a 50ins waist

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« Reply #130 on: June 12, 2017, 03:22:00 am »

By the time she died Victoria was enormous! Because she wasn't very tall she appeared nearly as wide as she was long, and it's said her coffin was almost square. Because she gobbled her food and it was protocol for people to stop eating when the Queen had finished, her Household rarely got a full meal. Once, at a banquet, the Duke of Devonshire was in the middle of eating and talking to the person next to him when a servant whisked the plate away. However, the Duke bellowed 'Oi, bring that back!' which he did. The Queen was very amused.

Victoria had a likeness for puddings and sweet confectionary. In her old age, when she complained once of feeling bloated, her doctors put her on a strict diet, with Berger's Invalid Food replacing some dishes. However, she ate the Invalid Food and the other food available as well! Nevertheless, she had a very strong constitution and died at 81, considered a great age in 1901.
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