She was born Princess Alexandrina Victoria, granddaughter of a king whose family was infamous for "loose living, mistresses, illegitimate children and madness."
And yet the diminutive princess known throughout her childhood as "Drina" would grow up to represent stability, progress, and upstanding family morality during her sixty-three-year reign. This pictorial history of Britain's second-longest reigning monarch - she was edged out by her great-great-granddaughter Elizabeth II in 2015 - explores Queen Victoria's childhood and ascension to the throne, her marriage to Prince Albert, her children and her eventual role as "grandmother of Europe," and the monumental changes that occurred across her empire over the course of six decades. There's even a handy family tree and chronology included, to help keep all the details of her life straight. And what an amazing life it was! (KG)