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Queen Victoria, her girlhood and womanhood

Grace Greenwood

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Queen once hoped to hear hailed "Elizabeth Second of England."

In midsummer the Queen, the Duchess of Kent, and their grand Household moved from Kensington to Buckingham Palace, then new, and an elegant and luxurious royal residence internally, but externally neither beautiful nor imposing. But with the exception of Windsor Castle, none of the English Royal Palaces can be pointed to as models of architectural beauty, or even sumptuous appointments. The palaces of some of our Railway Kings more than rival them in some respects, while those of many of the English nobility are richer in art-treasures and grander in appearance. Kensington Palace was not beautiful, but it was picturesque and historic, which was more than could be said of any of the Georgian structures; there was about it an odor of old royalty, of poetry and romance. The literature and the beauty of Queen Anne's reign were especially associated with it. Queen Victoria was, when she left it, at an age wh. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Light biography - covered the important stuff, but didn't dig into details. Learned a bit I didn't know about Victoria!

I liked this very much. I've always had a fascination about Queen Victoria, and this just made me more impressed. It was, however, written when the Queen was still living so the stories are likely to be exaggerated!

I recently was given the privilege of borrowing a very old but beautiful copy of : QUEEN VICTORIA. HER GIRLHOOD AND WOMANHOOD, BY GRACE GREENWOOD. After reading it with the utmost care (seriously, because it wasn’t mine, I feared if anything should happen to it- yep- that precious and antique!)- onl

This biography of Queen Victoria is unique in several respects: It was written by an American woman who lived at the same time as the Queen. The biographer even includes in the text a description of one occasion during which she saw the Queen.

She does not write as a detached biographer might, but as