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« Reply #160 on: July 11, 2018, 02:44:05 am »

Although Queen Victoria treated her staff well, she did not care for Prime Minister Gladstone. Often, she would remain standing so that he had to stand also, despite the fact that he was in his 80s.
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« Reply #161 on: July 12, 2018, 01:24:03 am »

What a way to treat an old man. I feel we should treat others as we’d like to be treated.

But do you think FL that Victoria did this as he was ‘too independent minded’ and couldn’t be swayed by Victoria being Queen?

Or wS there always bad blood between them?
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« Reply #162 on: July 13, 2018, 02:40:17 am »

Little light, I do not know if the Queen and Mr. Gladstone had any tension between them when they first became acquainted.
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« Reply #163 on: July 13, 2018, 03:36:27 am »

Queen Victoria didn't mind Gladstone when he was younger and Prince Albert was alive. Gladstone was an MP for a very long time, (since 1832.) It was only later, when he was so popular he was called 'the People's William' and he became Liberal Prime Minister several times that she grew to dislike him. She nicknamed him 'Merry Pebble'.

He was rather stiff with her. Victoria complained once that he treated her as 'if he was addressing a public meeting', and didn't butter her up or show much charm, unlike his rival Disraeli. Both the Queen and Gladstone were old when he came to take leave of her after leaving office for the last time. She gave him a photo of herself, but said sweetly that she would not offer him a peerage (a seat in the Lords') as she 'knew he would refuse it'.  So he got no title.
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« Reply #164 on: July 14, 2018, 02:34:36 am »

In 1881 General Sir Henry Ponsonby kept a score card of the rows between Gladstone and Queen Victoria over events.
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« Reply #165 on: July 14, 2018, 07:20:16 pm »

You know, sometimes these people are talked about as 'giants' (extremely influential) in their filed. When they really are quite petty at times. (Aren't we all?!)

I always thought Queen Vic could be a bit petty at  times, but to act in such a way, refusing a seat in the House of Lords, was shocking.

To me, that's not the way a Head of State should be.

Thanks for posting FL.   flower
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« Reply #166 on: July 18, 2018, 02:41:52 am »

On February 9, 1840, the day before their marriage, Prince Albert presented wedding gifts to Queen Victoria. These included four beautiful old fans.
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« Reply #167 on: July 21, 2018, 02:25:41 am »

Did Prince Albert, The Prince Consort have anything to do with the selection of Princess Alexandra of Denmark as a wife for his son, Prince Albert Edward?
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« Reply #168 on: July 21, 2018, 05:00:08 pm »

^ Extremely likely. Albert was the driving force behind Vic, in all matters.
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