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H.M. King Charles II. Painted by John Riley, C. 1680-1685.

H.M. King Charles II. Painted by John Riley, C. 1680-1685.

Godfried Schalcken - Portrait of William III, Prince of Orange [c.1692-97] | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

Godfried Schalcken - Portrait of William III, Prince of Orange [c.1692-97] | Flickr - Photo Sharing!

H.M. King George IV, drawn posthumously by John Rogers, after A.M. Huffam mezzotint, mid 19th century.

H.M. King George IV, drawn posthumously by John Rogers, after A.M. Huffam mezzotint, mid 19th century.

<p>William IV was the man who left his throne to Queen Victoria but he was king for just seven years and heir to the throne for only three years before that.</p>

<p>William IV was the man who left his throne to Queen Victoria but he was king for just seven years and heir to the throne for only three years before that.</p>

Victoria sank into depression after he died at age 42 of typhoid fever on December 14, 1861 at Windsor Castle.  Victoria went into self-imposed seclusion for more than 25 years, not emerging until the Golden Jubilee of 1887, the celebration of her fiftieth year on the throne. An entire generation was raised without ever having seen the face of their Queen. The Golden Jubilee brought her out of her shell and she again embraced public life. but for the rest of her life she wore black.

Victoria sank into depression after he died at age 42 of typhoid fever on December 14, 1861 at Windsor Castle. Victoria went into self-imposed seclusion for more than 25 years, not emerging until the Golden Jubilee of 1887, the celebration of her fiftieth year on the throne. An entire generation was raised without ever having seen the face of their Queen. The Golden Jubilee brought her out of her shell and she again embraced public life. but for the rest of her life she wore black.

Queen Victoria with her great-grandchildren: Prince Albert, Princess Mary, Prince Edward, and Prince Henry of York.

Queen Victoria with her great-grandchildren: Prince Albert, Princess Mary, Prince Edward, and Prince Henry of York.

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