Happy Birthday Queen Victoria
You have to admire this woman.
Not only did she become queen at 18 and marry as a monarch (imagine how she fitted the headdress on over the crown) she was also a prolific baby-machine and according to unconfirmed rumors a bit of a goer. That and she reigned over a quarter of the world's population as empress of where-ever and had a thing for legs (why else cover them up? I mean, they even covered up the piano's legs, for goodness sake!) She reigned for the longest time of any British queen, indeed any British Monarch and she had an incredible love story. She was buried beside her beloved husband,Prince Albert, in the Royal Mausoleum, which she had built for their final resting place and above the Mausoleum door are inscribed Victoria's words: 'farewell best beloved, here at last I shall rest with thee, with thee in Christ I shall rise again'. How romantic is that? It's interesting to ask what life in Victorian times would have been like had Albert not died in 1861, sending her into a depresion and a withdrawal from public life. What could this woman have done if she'd stayed very much at the fore-front of political ambition, with such a strong husband behind her?
But the reason you have to admire her most of all? She turned whole parts of the world pink. The original Martha Stewart? It's a good thing