Queen Victoria and other in the gardens. Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2016

Victoria: Queen Beyond the Screen

One of Britain's most iconic monarchs, Queen Victoria has captured our imaginations for decades. From Jenna Colemans's young Victoria ascending to the throne to Dame Judi Dench's mournful widow, each adaptation of her life tells a different story.

But beyond the many TV and film versions of this royal icon, who was the real Victoria? The wife. The widow. The mother of nine. The Empress.

Victoria at Osborne

Queen Victoria is the only woman ever to have ruled over a third of the earth, and she lived her life under great scrutiny from the press and public.

Victoria and Albert bought the Osborne estate in 1845, and the home they built there gives an intimate glimpse into family life away from the bustle and prying eyes of London.

It was here Victoria and Albert raised their children, and where Victoria retreated to grieve after the death of her beloved husband. 

A scene from Mrs Brown, with Queen Victoria sat on a horse, led by John Brown.

Victoria in Film and TV

Victoria has been played by more actors than any other British monarch, but how do on-screen portrayals compare to the real queen?

In this blog we take a look at some of the most famous depictions of Victoria, from Dame Judi Dench to Jemma Coleman.

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Queen Victoria

Victorian Food

  • A Victorian-style picnic, all kept up together in a traditional wicker basket

    Visit summer picnic spots

    Once reserved for wealthy land-owners, the Victorians revolutionised the phenomenon of outdoor dining, bringing the picnic to the masses.

  • Out Victorian cook sifting flour in the real Victorian kitchens at Audley End House and Gardens.

    Victorian Recipes

    From the Victoria Sandwich and ice cream to biscuits and an apple hedgehog, our simple video recipes mean you can recreate a real Victorian recipe at home.

  • A cup of tea on a blue and white saucer, beside Mrs Beetons recipe book for different Victorian teas.

    How to do afternoon tea like the Victorians

    How, when and why did the Victorian ritual of afternoon tea evolve - and how can we recreate it today? Food blogger Sam Bilton explores this institution.

Terms and Conditions for social media competition

Competition Terms of Entry

Terms and conditions for Queen Victoria Competition (‘the Competition’)

These terms and conditions apply to the Competition, running on the English Heritage Facebook page and Twitter account from midday on Sunday 11th September 2016 until midday on Monday 12th September 2016.

Entering the Competition

1. Facebook and Twitter users will be able to enter the Competition by commenting on the post(s) associated with the competition. Entries must be submitted by midday on Monday 12th September 2016. After this time no further entries to the Competition will be permitted.
2. Entrants must be over 18 years old to enter the Competition.
3. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
4. Each correct answer will be entered into a prize draw to win one of twenty Competition Prizes. Each Competition Prize includes a) admission to Osborne House for one person b) foot passenger ferry travel with Red Funnel for one person c) seven day Freedom ticket with Southern Vectis for free bus travel on the Isle of Wight for one person (‘Competition Prize’).
5. English Heritage will select, at random, 10 winning entries from each of the Facebook and Twitter entries. The winners will be contacted via private message by Friday 16th September. If a winner does not accept their prize within seven days, another winner will be selected at random.
6. English Heritage’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
7. Competition Prizes must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. There will be no cash alternatives. English Heritage reserves the right to substitute the Competition Prize for one of equal or greater value.
8. Employees or contractors of English Heritage, or any person directly or indirectly involved in the running of the Competition, or their direct family members, are not eligible to enter the Competition.
9. English Heritage reserves the right to cancel the Competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and/or if circumstances arise outside of its control. Entry in the Competition signifies acceptance of these terms and conditions. English Heritage reserves the right to withhold, change or cancel the Competition Prize in the event of non-compliance with these terms and conditions. English Heritage also reserves the right at its discretion to amend these terms and conditions at any time.
10. The Competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter. You understand that you are providing your information to English Heritage and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and also in conjunction with English Heritage’s Privacy Policy.

A family beside the steps at Osborne

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