Queen Victoria collectibles

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2015-06-26 10:45:11

Queen Victoria (24 May 1819 – 22 January 1901) was the longest reigning British monarch.

Victoria was the only child of Edward, Duke of Kent and Victoria Louisa of Saxe-Coburg. She became queen at the age of 18, succeeding her uncle, William IV in 1837.

In 1840, Victoria married Prince Albert of Saxe-Coburg-Gotha and together they had nine children.

Albert died in 1861 and Victoria spent the rest of her life mourning him.

In 1877, Victoria became the empress of India. Her Empire also included Canada, Australia, New Zealand and much of Africa.

Victoria celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 1887 and her Diamond Jubilee in 1897.

She died on 22 January 1901 at Osborne House on the Isle of Wight.

Autographs

Many examples of Queen Victoria’s autograph still exist today and can fetch considerable sums at auction.

On December 3 2003, an autograph letter from Queen Victoria to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, was sold at a Christie’s auction in London. The letter sold for £9,560.

In February 2010, a signed photograph of Victoria was sold by Paul Fraser Collectibles. The photograph sold for £2,950.

Postage stamps

Queen Victoria’s likeness has featured on many postage stamps including the Penny Black, the world’s first stamp, the Two Penny Blue and the Penny Red.

Clothing

In March 2010, a pair of silk stockings owned by Queen Victoria was sold at a Lyon & Turnbull auction. The stockings sold for £690.

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