Watch Queen Victoria’s Funeral Procession – 1901

by Gunn & Stuart, albumen print, 1896
by Gunn & Stuart, albumen print, 1896

As which was custom, Queen Victoria spent Christmas (1900) at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight – immobile due to terrible rheumatism in her legs and poor vision due to cataracts. After Christmas, sometime in January, she felt weak and unwell and by mid-month she was drowsy, dazed and confused. On 22 January 1901, she passed away at the age of 81.

Her son, Edward (succeeded as Edward VII), and her eldest grandson, Emperor Wilhelm II of Germany, were at Victoria’s deathbed. Her last request was to have her favorite pet Pomeranian, Turri laid upon her. It was granted.

Prior to her passing, in 1897, Victoria had planned her funeral – it was to be military because she was a soldier’s daughter and of course, the head of the army. She instructed the use of the color white instead of black. Victoria was dressed in a white gown and her wedding veil – she had family mementos laid within her coffin. She also had one of Albert’s dressing gowns placed beside her along with a plaster cast of his hand.


by Lady Julia Abercromby, after Heinrich von Angeli, watercolour, 1883 (1875)
by Lady Julia Abercromby, after Heinrich von Angeli, watercolour, 1883 (1875)

This Day in History: 19 June

1540 – Thomas Cromwell, Earl of Essex arrested & imprisoned on June 19, 1540.

From the son of a blacksmith to the 1st Earl of Essex, Thomas Cromwell’s fortunes grew, as did his friendship with Henry Vlll. That friendship with Henry is what inevitably caused his demise. Henry Vlll was an irrational man — Thomas did not receive a trial, and was sentenced to the axe.

Thomas Cromwell

1566 – King James VI of Scotland/James l of England was born on this day, June 19, 1566.

James was the son of Mary, Queen of Scots and Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley. James was only eight months old when Lord Darnley was found murdered in the orchard at Kirk o’ Field, in Edinburgh.  At thirteen months old, James became James Vl of Scotland after his mother was forced to abdicate the throne in his favor.  His father was dead, and his mother was forced to flee.


Tudor World, Stratford-upon-Avon


Tudor World is a “fun family attraction in Stratford-upon-Avon.” I have always wanted to visit Great Britain, and this looks like a blast. I hope I get to go someday soon!

Are there other attractions I should know about? Please leave a comment.

Video: Edward and Mary

This is part one of a two part video on Edward and Mary that I found interesting. Please disregard the broken thumbnail image on the video. The video itself actually works.

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