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The Story of Queen Victoria

Queen Victoria was a woman of tremendous passion who battled personal demons; a dutiful monarch and groundbreaking global ruler; and devoted wife and matriarch — all at the same time. Visiting royal residences Kensington Palace and Osborne House, experts uncover the truth about the fashion, food, family, love and power of one Britain's greatest ever monarchs. Narrated by Miriam Margolyes.

Queen Victoria: Love, Lust, and Leadership

45m 15s

Victoria and Albert’s wedding brings the nation together in celebration, and starts the tradition of the white wedding dress. The happy couple spend their wedding night at Windsor Castle and Victoria tells all in her journal, revealing a sensuous side that would have made many Victorians blush. She becomes a wife and a mother within a year of marriage – the first ruling British monarch to do so.

Episodes

  • Queen Victoria: Love, Lust, and Leadership: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Queen Victoria: Love, Lust, and Leadership

    S1 E102 - 45m 15s

    Victoria and Albert’s wedding brings the nation together in celebration, and starts the tradition of the white wedding dress. The happy couple spend their wedding night at Windsor Castle and Victoria tells all in her journal, revealing a sensuous side that would have made many Victorians blush. She becomes a wife and a mother within a year of marriage – the first ruling British monarch to do so.

  • Queen Victoria: Passion and Power: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Queen Victoria: Passion and Power

    S1 E101 - 47m 3s

    A race from Germany to England marks a dramatic beginning to Queen Victoria’s life. Her birth at Kensington Palace secures her claim to the throne, but a strict upbringing is designed by her mother and advisor to keep her in line. Fascinating diaries reveal an emboldened 16 year-old queen-to-be who finds the inner strength to stand up for herself, do things her way, and eventually rule alone.

  • Queen Victoria: Love, Loss, and Leadership: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Queen Victoria: Love, Loss, and Leadership

    S1 E103 - 45m 55s

    Victoria’s moving diaries and letters reveal how Albert’s sudden death plunges her into a deep depression, escaping to Balmoral to grieve in private and avoid royal duties. The near death of her son Bertie brings her back to royal life and, as the British Empire expands, her fascination with India grows.

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