Young Princess Victoria ~ She inherited the throne aged 18, after her father's three elder brothers had all died, leaving no surviving legitimate children.

Young Princess Victoria ~ She inherited the throne aged 18, after her father's three elder brothers had all died, leaving no surviving legitimate children.

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their children. This portrait presented a beautiful and domestic scene, with the Queen at the center.

FAMOUS FAMILIES: A bit of royal Battenberg-Mountbatten-Hicks family history

Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and their children. This portrait presented a beautiful and domestic scene, with the Queen at the center.

A never before seen dress made for and worn by Queen Victoria is now on display in the Victoria Revealed exhibition at Kensington Palace.  The cream silk satin dress, with intricate embroidery, was given to the young Queen in the 1850s by the wife John Gregory Crace.

A never before seen dress made for and worn by Queen Victoria is now on display in the Victoria Revealed exhibition at Kensington Palace. The cream silk satin dress, with intricate embroidery, was given to the young Queen in the 1850s by the wife John Gregory Crace.

Four Generations of British Sovereigns.  Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, King Edward VIII

Four Generations of British Sovereigns. Queen Victoria, King Edward VII, King George V, King Edward VIII

The last Empress of Russia as a young girl sitting with her Grandmother, Queen Victoria, who adored her -as clearly seen here.

The last Empress of Russia as a young girl sitting with her Grandmother, Queen Victoria, who adored her -as clearly seen here.

A very young Queen Victoria (right) with her second eldest daughter, Princess Alice (left) (1840s-50s)

A very young Queen Victoria (right) with her second eldest daughter, Princess Alice (left) (1840s-50s)

Queen Victoria by Xavier Winterhalter

"The portrait, comissioned in 1843, shows the Queen with her long brown hair loose around her shoulders, gazing into the distance.

She was just 24 when painted by the German artist Franz Xaver Winterhalter and his work was described as her husband Albert's 'favourite picture'. "

Queen Victoria: 'the secret picture'

Queen Victoria by Xavier Winterhalter "The portrait, comissioned in 1843, shows the Queen with her long brown hair loose around her shoulders, gazing into the distance. She was just 24 when painted by the German artist Franz Xaver Winterhalter and his work was described as her husband Albert's 'favourite picture'. "

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