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