It is nearly impossible to miss the fact that we are celebrating 200 years since Queen Victoria’s birth and one of the new books this year is by Lucy Worsley, who is also the chief curator at Historic Royal Palaces.
Queen Victoria – Daughter, Wife, Mother, Widow also known as Queen Victoria: Twenty-Four Days That Changed Her Life takes you along her life through 24 days or “windows.” It begins with the double wedding of Queen Victoria’s parents and that of the Duke and Duchess of Clarence (later King William IV and Queen Adelaide) and ends with Queen Victoria’s death bed. I really enjoyed Lucy Worsley’s wit and style of writing. I was glad to see more unknown “windows” and it truly is a fresh look at Queen Victoria.
I did spot two errors in the family tree as the Princess Royal is listed as marrying Emperor Frederick II and Charlotte of Wales marrying a “Charles William of Brunswick.”