What’s happened this year and what have I not shared with you? I’ve continued my trips to sites of historical interest, although maybe not as many as previous years and have even started a blog post or two! However, earlier this year I took a week off my blog – a nice little break… that was extended to a month – that became 8 months! … Continue reading HistorianRuby’s History Trips: What’s Happened This Year?
Christmas was barely celebrated in the early part of the nineteenth century. It was not considered a public holiday and traditionally the giving of gifts was practised at New Year. However, come the end of the century, it was the biggest annual celebration in the British calendar. Workers had gained a two-day break (including the 26 December, Boxing Day) and the advent of the railways … Continue reading The Victorian Christmas
Victoria, Princess Royal. Married Prince Frederick William of Prussia She was born 21 November 1840 and died 5 August 1901 Her eldest son, Kaiser Willhelm II, was on the opposing side to his cousin King George V of Great Britain during World War One Albert, Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII. Married Princess Alexandra of Denmark Born 9 November 1841 and died 6 May … Continue reading The Children of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert
I visited Woburn Abbey and Gardens two weeks ago, on a beautiful late summer Sunday. To reach the historic house, I had to drive through stunning parkland, where deer roam free. Once into the grounds of Woburn Abbey I had the choice to visit the both the house and gardens or just gardens. Of course, I did both. Woburn Abbey has belonged to the Russell family … Continue reading Woburn Abbey and Gardens
Queen Victoria, born Alexandrina Victoria, was born 199 years ago today. She was the daughter of Edward, Duke of Kent and Princess Victoire of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld. Edward was the fourth son of King George III and Queen Charlotte. She became Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 20 June 1837 until her death on 22 January 1901. On 1 May 1876, Queen … Continue reading 24 May 1819: the Birth of Queen Victoria
Britain got her first post boxes during the 1850s. Apart from a short period when we posted mail in ‘anonymous’ post boxes, so called as they did not carry a royal cipher, (sometimes spelled cypher), the Post Office quickly settled on using the cipher of the reigning monarch on all letter boxes. Below left is the VR cipher that is found on Victorian pillar boxes, … Continue reading Royal Ciphers on Postboxes: a Brief Guide